Scam Emails

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What is it?

Scam emails are a common type of spam where the sender tries to trick you into giving away something valuable, whether it's money or personal information. The scammers behind these emails try to make their emails look as legit as possible, but often times have poor grammar and misspellings. These emails will sometimes have website graphics from the companies they imitate which are easily obtainable. There's also almost always a link in the email somewhere, and the scammer will introduce a threat and a sense of urgency in order to trick you into clicking on the link. Other times, the scammer will promise some kind of extraordinary opportunity that is designed to trick you into clicking on the link.



Tips for identifying scam emails

  • Look at the from address. Most of the time the address won't match up with who the email appears to be from.
  • Be cautious if the email introduces a sense of urgency or a threat. These are used to trick you into doing what the scammer wants.
  • Before clicking on a link, look at where it's going. Hover over the link without clicking on it, and if the link doesn't go where you'd expect it to, don't click on it.
  • If the body of the email has misspellings, it's probably spam. Professional emails will use good grammar. Spammers use misspellings as a way to avoid spam filters.