I use AOL for all my email needs. I open Google Chrome, log into AOL.com, check out my email, and so on. Lately I have received a few obvious spam/scam emails and I have accidentally clicked on them once or twice. I don't click any links in them or anything, but they are open on my browser for maybe a second or three before they go right in the spam folder, never to see the light of day again.
However, many of these spam/scam emails have one strange oddity: the AOL email page says they have attachments thanks to the handy little paperclip icon, but when I open them, I don't see any attachment. The AOL site still claims these emails have attachments, but there is not a single one to be found. What is going on? Is the AOL web client scanning the attachments for viruses, finding one (or some) and automatically removing the attachments to keep me safe? Are these spam scammers attaching a weird macro or something into their emails to keep the attachments hidden (and possibly download them onto my computer without my knowing)? Or is the AOL email site just false positiving attachments where none exist?
I'm confident I don't have a virus because none of the scans I've run show anything, but I just want to be sure and know what's going on.