Have you received emails from amazon, apple, paypal or any other company claiming you owe money, or asking to verify sensitive information?
Join me now for How to Spot a Fake Email…and where to report them!
I want to keep this article very short and sweet. There is no reason for me to add a bunch of nonsense that will make this confusing and complicated, just for you to stay on my blog an extra 5 minutes (one of my biggest pet peeves on the internet). So with that said, let’s very quickly jump into it:
How do you know if an email is fake?
• Spelling Mistakes
• Asking for a password
• Asking to confirm sensitive information
• A bank or company you have never dealt with
• A Charge that seems outragous (or any charge)
Take a look at the amount of scam emails I personally receive on a regular basis (and these are only the ones I kept for this example…I get tons daily!). Our email systems used to be great at filtering out and sending all the spam to “junk”
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But now many are getting right through to our actual inboxes:
In the above pic you’ll notice some of emails and subject lines have a little green shield. Those are the secure, auto-responses I have received after reporting a scam email.
How to see where the email was sent from
1) Check the “actual” address the email was sent from.
You’ll find 99% of the time, it has not been sent direct from the company stated.
Just to verify that it actually IS a scam email….
2) If for whatever reason you feel it “might” be a real email, but don’t want to click the links, you could CALL the actual company and ask!
What to do if you receive a fraudulent email?
REPORT IT! <-- A huge list of where to forward these scams!
After reporting your scam email, some companies (such as amazon and paypal) will send an auto response verification:
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You can see by these very few examples, each scam emails looks to be legitimate. Knowing how to protect yourself from fraud is imperative. It is very easy to get duped if you have no idea what you’re looking for. Especially too, if you may have just been on one of those sites!
REMEMBER: PayPal and Amazon are both safe and secure sites. Scam emails on the other hand are not safe. Which is why email filtering services are so important to use! But they definitely aren’t the fault of the company being portrayed! Please check out Where to Report Scam Emails for a huge list of who and where to forward these scams!
I hope this has helped you out – Please stay safe this Holiday season!
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