This section offers some helpful hints or clues which can be used in the identification of various types of scams which invade millions of people’s mail boxes every day. Regardless, it should be noted that the best rule will always be if you have any doubt about the legitimacy of any correspondence just delete it. No legitimate financial institution will ever contact a client by email.
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- Any Email sent to “undisclosed-recipients” offering you employment or funds of any kind, be they an inheritance, loan or Bank Draft. Forget it it’s a scam. Do not respond!
- Most of these letters are written by people who have a poor command of the English language and numerous spelling or grammatical errors can be found. Often the scammer will type the entire email in uppercase or capital letters.
- Reply addresses to these scams are usually either to a Yahoo.com or gmail.com or any other public email provider, scammers like to use these free services. Remember if some huge financial institution or legal firm wants you to contact them, well you would think they would at least have the funds to purchase a private domain.
- You won the lotto but you never bought a ticket? Why do they want your age, marital status, employment information and sex? What does any of this have to due with your “winnings?
- The often quoted saying “If it sounds too good to be true it probably is”
- If you receive an email which appears to be from a legitimate financial institution, Bank or Ebay among others; if a hyperlink is provided, it more than likely leads to a Spoofed site since most legitimate institutions will not contact you via email if it concerns your personal information.
- Whether the scam concerns a lottery winning, inheritance, funds from some foreign government or bank, a loan or an employment opportunity; the same rules will always apply.
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