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How To Recognize An Email Scam
Con-artists have been around long before email. When email became a reality, the con-artists became very happy. Email meant less work, and higher payoffs for their scams. Many of the scams used via email were used before email began.It seems people will always have a tendency to “fall” for them. These are the most common email scams:
- Offers of “guaranteed” loans. These are often “phishing” scams. The objective of the crooks is to get your private information. After doing so, they will most like take out multiple loans under your name. You will find your credit in the mud in a short time.
- Free or easy money. Have you ever received that email that brings tears to your eyes? An African princess has written you to explain that her Father was abducted and killed. She has $40,000,000 in an offshore account he had set up for her. She needs you to get it out by sending a Western Union amount of money. You will get 1/2 the money. The fact is: it is probably a 30+ year old Nigerian crook who has been doing this scam for years. There are those who fall for it to.
- Business Opportunities. If a business is on the up and up, you should be able to check the Better Business Bureau and they will be in good standing. Be cautious of investing in businesses via email.
There are new email scams developed daily. Be wary before giving any of your information by email. Do not click out-links unless you are sure it is safe. If you have a good spam filter, anti-virus, and firewall, you will have a much better defense against these crooks.
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