Do you dare to open messages from unknown sources?

India
March 7, 2012 11:31pm CST
Inbox of my email account gets flooded regularly with messages from different sources; some are known but most are unknown to me. I just delete the messages and never dare to open them in apprehension of virus attack. I often think of opening them but ultimately resist the temptation of doing so and rather delete them. Am I right in my decision?
12 responses
@wahsher (175)
• India
8 Mar 12
I also get lots of emails from unknown sources. I only open them if the subject seems to mean something to me. I never open emails stating 'attention' need help, you won *** amount type of email these emails are fraud. I have antivirus installed on my pc and gmail and yahoo also do scan before downloading any email attachment, so I don't need to worry too much. But only reason I don't open these email is time waste. Thanks.
• Malaysia
9 Mar 12
Yes, i totally agree with you, don't open it.
• India
9 Mar 12
I have also antivirus installed on my computer. So would it block the entry of any scam mail into my inbox? I also want to know if gmail and yahoo and also other email providers always do scan the email before sending it to the inbox.
@wahsher (175)
• India
9 Mar 12
Antivirus doesn't block Scam Emails coming into your inbox. Antivirus only block and cleans any virus, if attached with that email and you download it for curiosity. Not all scam emails contain virus. Emails which misleads you to some fraud is also a scam. For you second question, No. Email providers not always scan email "Before" sending to inbox. But yes, they send suspicious emails to 'spam' folder of your inbox so that you get alert. But they do scan any attachment of the email for viruses.
@syoti20 (5295)
• Philippines
18 Mar 12
Yes, That's a good decision. However you might encounter unexpected email will be send soon or later you might treat it as junk but it wasn't. In my case, I try to arrange them by sender first and check if the sender continues sending email day to day basis I consider that as a scam but if the message is it send once. It must be needed to be open.
@dorannmwin (36698)
• United States
11 Mar 12
Your decision is the same decision that I make. I know that there is a lot of danger in opening emails that have come from sources that we really don't know who they are. I've been lucky in that I've never had any problems with any of the emails that I open, but then again, I have several email addresses that I use simply for online earning offers and such that I never open a single email from. I will go into those accounts and simply delete all of the messages that have come into those.
@nyang1984 (464)
• Philippines
9 Mar 12
the last time i open my email with unknown source my email has been corrupted. i can no longer access it... :( i made a new one :)
@jadoixa (1171)
• Philippines
9 Mar 12
i also get some messages on my inbox that are unknown to me..most of the time, i don't bother opening it and just delete it immediately..some i open like sometimes the subject "is like you won a lottery" and stuff like that i sometimes open it and try to read what it says but really i don't believe in it mostly it could just be a scam..so after that I just delete these kind of messages. I think that is also a good thing that you did of not even bothering to open messages from unknown people and sources..sometimes we never know also these has some virus especially those that have files to be downloaded..so it is always good to be careful.
• Canada
9 Mar 12
I never open messages from unknown sources as I don't want to get any virus on my computer and cause problem for myself although I have antivirus program installed on my computer. It is sometimes tempting to open these messages but I know they are just scams or virus so I don't do it as I don't want to waste my time also...
• Philippines
8 Mar 12
No! I do believe it's one of the tactic to attack your account. I make sure that the messages is from a credible source. If there's an unknown messages, I'll make sure it is properly written. I know how to classify a spam message from an authentic one.
@dpk262006 (56104)
• Delhi, India
8 Mar 12
Hi! It is better not to open mails from unknown sources. I many a time receive mails from friends' email IDs, which turn out to be fake and carry some dubious links. I have a filter system and I add unwanted email IDs in that system and this way unwanted mails get blocked.
@surekharathi (14134)
• India
8 Mar 12
I never opened the message from unknown source if I not know who is sending then directly removed the message because I know virus may be come from any danger mail.
@celticeagle (117896)
• Boise, Idaho
8 Mar 12
If I don't know who an email is from I usually won't open it. Too many viruses going around that way. I think we know enough and have had enough experience that we wouldn't open such a thing.
@SHAMRACK (8384)
• India
8 Mar 12
Dear friend, I had seen lots of such messages, mostly I would read the subject and delete at there itself without opening it. But in very rare cases some messages I would open and read if I feel there is something for me in that. But I believe my anti virus software would safeguard my computer from any virus. Still it is a risk. But motly I open those I feel is similar to me or secure.
@elementah (106)
• United States
8 Mar 12
Lol, truthfully, I sometimes DO open these messages because of my huge curiosity. Most of the time I don't though; mostly out of uninterest than worrying about viruses since it's not very easy to get viruses from e-mails. As far as I know, I don't think I've ever gotten a virus from an online message.