5 ways to protect yourself from email scams

September 4th 2008 – Supply Brothers

1. Mark suspicious emails as “junk.”

Use this feature in “Outlook.” All you have to do is ‘right click’ on the email, and then you can choose to send these emails to the category “add sender to blocked senders list.” This way, you will not receive any of these emails in the future.

2. Protect your password

Make sure you have a strong password for all of your email accounts by using at least 7 characters, a combination of upper and lower case characters, numbers, and symbols (e.g. # @ $).

3. Carefully read through any emails that seem like fraud before clicking on any links

Most emails that are fraud usually have misspelled words, typos, etc. They also use phrases such as “this is not fake” or “please forward this to all of your friends.” If you receive an email, and it appears to be from your bank, credit card, etc., be sure to go to their website directly. DO NOT click on the link from your email.

4. Make sure to check the email address thoroughly if you suspect anything

Nine out of ten times, you can identity a scam email just by looking at the full email address that it was sent from. Scammers will usually write a catchy title such as “Your EBay account is about to expire. Please click here to find out more information.” The email will usually appear from “EBay,” but the actual email is from fkdjsfsdks(at)Yahoo.com. Be sure to check the full email address when you see things such as this.

5. Avoid any emails asking for your personal information

If you receive an email that appears to be from your bank, credit card, or any other financial institution, and it asks for your name, address, social security number, or any other type of personal information, it is a scam. If you do receive one of these emails, contact your bank, credit card company, etc. immediately, and make them aware of the scam.

 

 

Supply Brothers urges you to keep this email for future reference. In the event you receive a suspicious email in the future, you can use this to decide what to do in regards to any email that seems out of the ordinary.

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