SPAM EMAILS WITH SHORTFORM LINKS. (typically, will begin with "bit")
Some spam emails use shortform links in the email text body rather than putting the full website address.
This could direct to a phishing websites or malware downloads and trojans, and odd they hide the true name of the website.
However, the shortform link is also used legitimately but you do not know what will come up if the link is clicked
I get regularly a hyperlink in some scam emails which consists of a link- "bit" followed by .ly, followed by a string of letters and numbers.
The service is run via a company in Libya hence the .ly.
These scams emails are from unknown senders who will often include a "known contact" to trick you into clicking on the link thinking it is genuine or even sending from your own name.
These are rare as most spam emails display the full website links, but I also notice they repeat many times over a long period.
My latest one is a lotto scam from a gmail.com sender with a shortform link for a video, and I have had a few other gambling emails.
The wise thing is to not give out any data or click on any links in the email body/text or images.
The emails will also have unusual unsubscribe links which could also connect to dangerous sites, so best to ignore them.
They are usually tagged as spam by virgin email, but some do get through.
I presently receive approx bettween 3 to 7 spam emails per day to my ntlworld.com email, which is attached to my VM account and the email can not be selected to delete , other wise I would dispose of the email. (only secondary emaIs can be deleted)
Some emails also contain embedded images/content which are usually from unknown spam senders or companies amd may be dangerous to click on.
I have set up filters for the spam, but the filters do not always work as expected and can give unexpected results, but I contiue to train my filters.