I was checking one of my alternate side emails earlier today and saw an interesting email in my inbox telling me that a new version of Skype was available for download.
It claimed to be the Skype Newsletter, however this particular email account isn’t linked to any Skype account.
Since I was curious, I clicked through the link and was presented with a website attempting to copy the Skype website but advertising a so-called VoIP add-on to Skype and at the same time, an upgrade to Skype.
What it really wanted however, was your credit card information.
Now if there was really a new version of Skype available, wouldn’t it just be a download?
Sadly, this email was not flagged as spam by Gmail. This may be due to the fact that the email was digitally signed by a website and the fact that the SPF records pass.
This email may not have been from @skype.com but remember that simply looking at the From: email address is not enough anymore as it is incredibly easy to spoof this address.
Only download software from the official publisher’s website or from well-known download directories (such as CNET Download.com).
Have you encountered a similar email recently? Have any tips on identifying spam messages? Share with us in the comments.