We were reading an informative post at OnGuard Online about email scams.
We couldn’t help but notice the striking similarities between traditional email scams and some of the junk circulating on Facebook right now. Due to the recent security breach at Epsilon, it is important for people to know how to recognize and avoid scams online.
Take a look at the following recommendations they give and their top ten list of email scams.
- Protect your personal information. Share credit card or other personal information only when you’re buying from a company you know and trust.
- Know who you’re dealing with. Don’t do business with any company that won’t provide its name, street address, and telephone number.
- Take your time. Resist any urge to “act now” despite the offer and the terms. Once you turn over your money, you may never get it back.
- Read the small print. Get all promises in writing and review them carefully before you make a payment or sign a contract.
- Never pay for a “free” gift. Disregard any offer that asks you to pay for a gift or prize. If it’s free or a gift, you shouldn’t have to pay for it. Free means free.
10 Scams to Screen from Your Email
- The “Nigerian” Email Scam
- Work-at-Home Scams
- Weight Loss Claims
- Foreign Lotteries
- Cure-All Products
- Check Overpayment Scams
- Pay-in-Advance Credit Offers
- Debt Relief
- Investment Schemes