Regrettably, malicious individuals and scammers use emails as an easy way to lure potential victims.
They use scams to persuade people to go to sham web sites and disclose sensitive information.
They also use old-fashioned bait-and-switch operations to phishing schemes using a combination of emails.
Avoid Email Scams
You can protect yourself from these scams by using healthy habits in knowing what they look like, what they are, how they work and what steps you need to take to avoid them.
Here are some recommendations to help to avoid becoming a victim to email scams:
- Do not trust unsolicited emails
- Install antivirus software and keep it up to date
- Install a personal firewall and keep it up to date, as well
- Treat email attachments with caution
- Filter spam
- Don’t click links in email messages
It is very important to follow these recommendations to avoid becoming victim of identity or information theft, receiving illegal or counterfeit merchandise, and/or financial loss.
Spam is unsolicited commercial email that spammers anonymously and conveniently use to reach thousands of people at once.
Many scams make promises of opportunities to make a large quantity of money without much effort on your part.
They offer enticements like “Work only hours a week,” “Be your own boss,” “Set your own hours,” and “Work from home.”
The messages offering “opportunities” may have subject lines that look like the following:
- Make a Regular Income with Online Auctions
- Get Rich Click
- eBay Insider Secrets Revealed 6228
- Use the Internet to make money
- Put your computer to work for you!
They provide a web site or address where you can obtain an “information kit” and require you pay an additional fee.
However, the “opportunity” involves you recruiting more unsuspecting people to buy into the scam.
Healthy Habits with Email
It is very important that you use healthy habits with your email account.
The Federal Trade Commission provides a list of 12 most common email scams:
- Chain letters
- Work-at-home schemes
- Health and diet scams
- Easy money
- “Free” goods
- Cable descramble kits
- “Guaranteed” loans or credit
- Bogus business opportunities
- Investment opportunities
- Bulk email schemes
- Credit repair scams
- Vacation prize promotions
Do you think you’re a victim? Immediately change your passwords and use different passwords for each account.
Report any attacks to your financial accounts to your financial institution immediately and close any accounts that may have been compromised.
Also, if you experience any attacks to your computer consider reporting it to the police and file a report with the Federal Trade Commission (http://www.ftc.gov/).