Email Scams

Email Scams and Internet Safety

Not all email messages are safe. In today’s email marketing era, many emails that look innocent enough are actually email scams. The first type of scam looks like an email from a known company and asks you for personal information to open up the website. This is known as Phishing. The second type lures you in with an offer you can’t refuse, but asks for you to help with payment or money transferring. Lastly, there is vishing. Vishing is almost the same as phishing only a text message or telephone call will ask for your personal information. All three are illegal, but can be very hard to detect. Read further to see how you can protect yourself from these scams.


Protecting yourself from email scams

Let’s take a look at some of the top email scams and how to avoid phishing:

Imitation Top Name Companies
You may find yourself reading an email that looks like it is from a top name company including; PayPal, Bank of America, Yahoo, and many others. They story they give is that your account has been compromised and you need to re-set your information and password. Look for these signs and follow these tips:

  • Check the email address. If you run your mouse over it there are differences like; .inc and not .com.
  • Check the URL destination under the “click here” invitation. If you run your mouse over, it is a completely different website.
  • Your real name isn’t used, rather and impersonal generic opening.
  • Added links in the message that can lure you even further. Watch for “unsubscribe” links. You don’t have to “unsubscribe” from spam because you never subscribed in the first place.
  • The best way to deal with an imitator of a real company you do business with is go directly to the website yourself. Even if an email looks legit, don’t use any links included in the email. Instead, type in the address yourself and see if the company added a message to your inbox with them.
  • Keep in mind that government agencies do not send out emails regarding “official business” with you. Anything from the following; FBI, IRS, etc. is an email scam.

Email Scam Job Offer

One example of “spoofing” is an email that leads you to a job posting website. You perform a job search for say, “data entry.” You click on a link for the result and you are asked to pay money to get a list of available positions in that field. This is also true for “work at home” jobs. If you are asked to buy kits or software to work at home, it most likely is a scam.

Background Checking For Job Placement

Another email scam is requesting your personal information to run a background or credit check to place you in a job. No job will ever ask you for your information online, unless you are directly on that company’s website at the request of a recruiter you have met with in person. In order for a company to legally background or credit check you, you have to sign a release form first.

Summary

Be safe when job hunting on the internet. Never give out any personal information unless you absolutely know for sure who you are giving it too. Never click on links in emails and put in personal information to “get” something from them. If you question that an email you received is an email scam but it looks like a company you do business with, log directly onto the company website yourself and check. Good safety practices will protect your valuable information from being compromised on the internet.