Protect Yourself Against Scams
We all have or probably will receive, be it by land line, snail mail or email, some type of scam.
One thing is for sure scammers are an undesirable species of bottom feeders invading our society
This species does not differentiate educated from uneducated; informed from uninformed; rich from poor. In fact all are fair game to these bottom feeders.
Fortunately, there are a number of ways that one can protect oneself from falling prey to these devious criminals.
The first and primary question one must ask is the old and proven phrase; ” If it looks too good to be true, it probably is!” You should know that you can’t win a lottery if you never purchased a ticket and those emails that claim that your email address was chosen among the millions, impossible.
Never pay any advanced fees in order to receive “prizes or lottery winnings”. It just doesn’t work that way. Either you won or you didn’t win and if requested to provide fees or personal information; you didn’t win.
Take a good look at the email you just received; is it addressed to “undisclosed-recipients”? Yet it is congratulating you as if you were the chosen one? Then goes on to ask you to identify yourself as a male or female, home address, telephone number and so on. There have even been cases where they will request your email address.
Don’t let greed and the initial excitement associated with receiving “notice” of huge amounts of winnings blind you. Read Identifying Scams before even considering sending any information or getting in contact with these scammers.
If someone stopped you on a busy urban street corner and said ,”Congratulations you are the millionth person to cross this street corner this month and you are our lucky winner of 2.5 Million
dollars!. Just provide me with your personal banking information and the check will be deposited upon verification of this information by our legal department.” What would be your reaction?
Legitimate organizations and financial institutions will never contact individuals via email when personal information is involved.
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