At GetResponse, we take spamming seriously. Spam is annoying for the recipients, can contain malicious links, or be used for online scams, and in some jurisdictions, they are straight-up illegal. Businesses sending unsolicited spam emails risk seriously damaging their reputations, and their email deliverability can take a massive toll as spam senders are flagged by email clients and put on blocklists.
Therefore, GetResponse has a zero-tolerance policy against spam, and if anyone tries to use our email marketing solution without getting permission from their recipients first, they will get their account suspended. We do this to ensure the safety of our legitimate senders, maintaining a world-class 99% email deliverability rate.
That being said, we are not immune to receiving spam. As the year is coming to an end, we thought it would be fun to share with you some of the weirdest spam emails we have received during the year and give you tips on how to stay safe and not fall for email scams and phishing. Without further ado, here are the top 10 weirdest spam emails we have received in 2022.
The weirdest spam emails we have received in 2022
1. Kylie Jenner
While it sounds exciting to be promoted by Kylie Jenner, it’s dubious if she even knows about this offer. The fact that this email was sent from a throwaway Gmail address didn’t help in convincing us, so we’ve passed up on this opportunity.
2. Not a Loan Shark
Everyone can get in a difficult financial situation, but it’s important never to let others take advantage of our vulnerability. Always make sure to research your options when taking out loans thoroughly, and only do business with well-established brands and not individuals offering their services by email.
3. Don’t Worry
This is a serious failure to follow the ‘show, don’t tell’ rule. If you receive a weird link from an unknown sender with the note that it’s safe, it’s probably not safe.
4. Power Generator
We do have a power generator, but we need it in our new office. If you know someone who sells them, let us know.
5. Economics 101
We might be fools, but this scenario does seem unlikely. Either way, we would be hesitant to do business with this gentleman. And you should be too. Portfolio management should be left to the professionals, and they don’t advertise their services via spam.
6. Greetings from the Illuminati
We are still waiting for our Illuminati membership cards. When we receive it, we will add it to the list of perks on our Careers page.
7. Baby Grand Piano
We are just as confused as you are.
8. Bitcoin Millionaire
Receiving more than a million dollars in Bitcoin sounds like a dream, but if someone followed through with this email, the dream would soon become a nightmare. Stolen identity, emptied bank or crypto account, becoming an unwitting pawn in a criminal scheme – these are just a few things that could happen if we try to access the funds. The age-old adage still applies – if something is too good to be true, it probably is.
9. 100% Legit Investments
This email is one of the standard, run-of-the-mill spam emails we receive constantly. The only reason it made our list is the fact that the sender felt the need to clarify that the money was legitimate. We don’t know about you, but this does sound like an excellent opportunity – to get involved in a money laundering scheme.
10. An Old Classic
Email scammers will often reference current events to make their cons seem more plausible. As you can see, this spam mail is the infamous Nigerian Prince email scam revamped. The scam is the same, but the presentation is even worse, as this person is willing to use a whole nation’s pain and suffering to make some easy money.
How to avoid email scams and phishing?
As the internet becomes an increasingly integral part of our daily lives, it’s important to be aware of the risks that come with using it. One such risk is the threat of email scams and phishing attacks, designed to trick you into giving away sensitive information or infecting your computer with malware. Here are some tips to help protect yourself from these types of threats:
Be cautious of unsolicited emails
If you receive an email from someone you don’t know or an email that looks suspicious, be cautious before opening it. Many email scams and phishing attempts come from unknown senders, so it’s always best to be on the lookout for these types of emails.
Don’t click on links or download attachments from unknown sources
If you receive an email containing a link or an attachment, verify the source before clicking on the link or downloading the attachment. Phishing emails often contain links or attachments designed to trick you into giving away sensitive information or downloading malware.
Be wary of emails that ask for personal information
Be extremely cautious if you receive an email asking for personal information, such as your username and password. Legitimate organizations will never ask for this type of information via email, so any email that does so is likely a scam.
Use a strong, unique password for your email account
Using a strong, unique password is one of the best ways to protect your email account from being hacked. Avoid using the same password for multiple accounts, and make sure your password is difficult to guess.
Use an email provider that offers strong security
Finally, be sure to choose an email provider that offers strong security features. Look for providers that offer two-factor authentication, which adds an extra layer of security to your account, as well as other security features such as encryption and spam filtering.
Following these tips can help protect you from email scams and phishing attacks. Remember, it’s always better to be cautious when it comes to your personal information and your computer’s security, so take the time to educate yourself and stay safe online.