Email Scams: Always There

For a long time, we have told you all about varying types of email scams whether they be the one we are all familiar with, the Nigerian 419 Scam, or the not so familiar FBI Scam.  In response to a few questions about email scams, we will dissect how they really work, and how to use your smarts and common sense.

There is one story that actually involves somebody that turned the tables on the Nigerian Scammers.  Do not try to respond to them though.  Not unless you are prepared with proper backup, and are not scared of retaliation.  In other words, do not tempt fate.

These scams will usually involve some sort of royal, presidential, or governmental figure.  And despite the seemingly important focus given to the question at hand (usually a transfer of a hefty sum), your first reaction should be to immediately report the email as Spam, delete it, and forget about it.  That, my friends, is the most common sense thing you can possibly do.  Anything more and you may just be tempting fate.

Being careful is not something to take lightly.  Some of us do have good Spam filters in place, but that is still no reason to not report these email scams.  In some cases it may make sense to contact the institution being imitated.  Whether it be the FBI, your bank, a money transfer service, or an internet business.  These companies, and organizations have security teams set up to handle these email scams.  However, before forwarding these emails to the security teams at these places, it would be wise to contact them first.  Usually you can go to their actual website to do so.  NEVER click on a link in these supposed emails.

Again, this common sense thing, may not be as common as you think.  Educate yourself.  These scams can, and sometimes end up with you losing out on money, or even your identity.

So know who is sending you emails and do not, and that means NEVER open any links that seem suspicious, and even those that you were not expecting.  Sure we have friends that may send us a link to something funny, but be careful.  If that means copying and pasting the link into a search engine, then it would be a wise idea.

Either way, you have to be careful with email scams.  They are constantly involving, and you can see our earlier posts on the topic for more information, whether it be the classic Nigerian Scam (or its new partner the 419 Scam), FBI Scam, Banking Scam, and even the Lottery or Winning Bidder Scam. It is a matter of being smart and being sure that everything adds up.  Never, ever, put yourself at an unnecessary risk just because.

If you have any questions about reporting these email scams, you can see our post about Reporting E-Mail Scams.

Common sense may not be so common.  Be sure to double-check.  If things seem too good to be true, then you know that it probably is.  And remember to never give out any important information through email.  Banks, the FBI, pretty much everybody, will never ask for any personal info, so do not ever send out personal information through email.

Please be smart, and do not become a victim of email scams.

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