Wednesday, May 1, 2019

Spam and Scam: Spot the Tells


It's time for another Spam email from Cie's inbox. I'm sure a lot of you already know how to spot a scam email, but if you think this information might be useful to someone you know, please don't hesitate to share it with them.
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 First, always check the sender's email address. 
An email from a multi-billion dollar, U.S.-based corporation will never have an email such as excom@yagitsu.co.jp
The .jp extension lets you know that the sender is in Japan.
Most of the time, you really don't need to check anything but the address of origin. I have had scam emails ostensibly from Walmart, again a large, U.S.-based corporation, with a .ru extension. I have gotten several keto diet emails with a .de extension. 
Another big tell is the lettering in the header. Amaz0n is a big giveaway that the email is far from legit.


I have no idea who "nicolaymike700" is. I do know that if they follow the prompts, whoever the sender is will have access to any information this person fills in on the forthcoming form.


Instead of allowing the scammer to have any of your information, your next move is to block their email address. I'm using Gmail, so I go to the row of three vertical dots in the right-hand corner of the screen and choose "block sender."
Don't bother unsubscribing. It doesn't work. Block them. 


I now move the conversation to Spam, which is where any more conversations from this email address will go in the future.


Take this 30-second survey and give us your information and no good will come of it for you is more like it. 
You will not receive any money from emails like this. 
Block them every time.
Stay safe and keep your money.

~Cie~

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