We’ve all heard of the popular email scams that filter through our emails, but not all the emails we get may look like spam or a scam. Opening up your email to a scam can not only take over your email, but could put a potential threat to your computer, identity and livelihood. Therefore, it’s important to know the steps to take to protect yourself from the ever-growing number of spam and scams out there.
Here are a few steps you can take to avoid falling victim to an email scam:
- Filter spam
- Don’t trust unsolicited email
- Treat email attachments with extreme caution – if you don’t know the sender, or the email looks different then ones you’ve received from them in the past, don’t open the attachment
- Don’t click on links in email messages
- Install an antivirus software and keep it up-to-date
- Install a personal firewall and keep it up-to-date
Ignoring the above suggestions could leave you open for identity theft, information theft, your computer could be used for illegal activity, and you could suffer a great financial loss. Email is easy for scammers to use and attack. Some scams to be weary of are as follows:
- Make money with online auctions
- Get rich quick
- Put your computer to work for you!
- Use the internet to make money
- eBay insider secrets revealed
- Need to lose weight?
- Young at any age
- Gives energy and burns fat
- Urgent reply needed
Do any of the above look familiar? We’ve all seen these subject lines, and most do get caught by your email spam system, but some will filter through and try to fool you. Best advice is to only open emails from those you know with subject headings familiar to how that person has emailed you in the past.
If you would like to learn more, read this article and protect yourself today.