How To Avoid Online Email Scams
These days, it’s not uncommon to find a scam. Just checking your spam inbox and you’ll find at least half a dozen of them.
While there are many that are blatantly obvious, there are scammers who know how to fool the reader and can actually create very realistic and legitimate sounding emails.
One of the most common email scams are Phishing emails that require you to input personal information, be it your credit card, address- just simple things they can use to access an account and later use it to do damage. Some emails, especially with links carry computer virus that can destroy your software or access your files.
The tricky part about this is scammers have already developed ways to make the emails looks as realistic as possible. Despite that, there are things you can still check just to make sure you don’t hit the reply button to the wrong person or company.
Check out the “From” email address:
- Dead giveaways are misspelled names, slight variations of a company name or email. Try entering the email address into a search engine to see if anyone might have reported this as a scam email. Extra tip, this technique works on phone numbers too.
Check Spelling and Grammar:
- Another red flag is the language used in the body of the email.
- If it looks like the email wasn’t written properly, with grammar and spelling errors- then it pays to be cautious
- You can always check out the company phone number or address and see if it’s an official number or address
- Check the official website if the info coincides with one another
- If calling is difficult, send the official company an email or chat with their customer service
Never click on any suspicious looking links:
- Unless you personally know of the sender or know that the email is safe, then don’t click on any links
- Links from scam emails usually have a type of virus
- Scammers are most likely after your personal info
- Be aware of emails that ask this, or call the company first
- Companies rarely ask for passwords or personal details
- This applies to bank details, account numbers and credit card numbers
- In the event that you do suspect a scam email in your inbox, make sure to report it to your email provided
- You usually have the option to Mark as Spam or report on the page itself
- This is a great way for the scammers to stop sending emails and can also prevent other people from being sent the emails as well
These notes were taken from the article “Avoid Online Scams: Top Tips To Help You” by MoneyAware.co.uk .