Contacts and Safety Tips

Contacts and Safety Tips

Instant message spam

Example of spam in instant message

The word spam is often used to refer to junk email, or unwanted email advertisements. Unfortunately, you can receive spam in Skype too—in the form of instant messages from people you don't know.

Phishing scams and malware can even be included in spam, so it's important to know what to do when you receive a suspicious message on Skype.

Phishing and other scams

"Hooked" by a phishing scam!

Many spammers aren't trying to sell you anything—they're trying to gain access to your information or even steal money from your bank account. Scams come in many different forms, but they generally work by promising you something that's too good to be true or by making you think something bad will happen if you don't take action.

Phishing is a type of scam where someone pretends to be from a bank or another trusted source to trick you into giving out your personal information. A phishing message will often have a sense of urgency; for example, it may claim that unauthorized charges were made on your credit card and that you need to verify your information.