- Avoid Getting Scammed


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 - Avoiding Getting Scammed 


Due to the widespread use of web bugs in email, simply opening an email can potentially alert the sender that the address to which 

the email is sent is a valid address. This can also happen when the mail is 'reported' as spam, in some cases: if the email is 

forwarded for inspection, and opened, the sender will be notified in the same way as if the addressee opened it.


Although obvious please keep in mind these parties will almost certainly not contact you by email in an unsolicited way:


Royalty from any nation


Homeland Security

The World Bank

The United Nations

Government officials from Nigeria or any other nation for that matter

Lottery officials from any state or nation


Embezzlers needing assistance with large sums of money


Email fraud may be avoided by:


Keeping one's email address as secret as possible. 


Using a spam filter. 


Never download any email attachment from anyone that you don't know. 


Never send money to people or organizations you don't know; only send money to people you personally know and trust -- and in 

this case, have met in-person. Be especially cautious with people you meet online, even if you correspond with them via email or phone.


Be wary of anyone who asks you to leave a dating website immediately to continue your conversation through email or IM, says the

Federal Trade Commission in their guide to avoiding online dating scams. This allows fraudsters to carry out their scam without the 

dating site having a record of your encounter.


Be cautious of someone who claims to be from the United States, but is currently overseas. Fraudsters will often use offshore 

accounts, making it more difficult for authorities to track them down and catch them.


Never provide your banking information to unknown individuals or businesses.

Be alert. If an offer sounds too good to be true, it usually is.

Verify every emergency situation before sending money.


Fraudsters can trick their victims in a variety of ways. Sometimes they express instant feelings of love and other times they slowly 

lead their victims along. No matter how much your relationship might seem like the real thing, you should be suspicious if someone 

starts asking for information like credit card or Social Security numbers.


Noticing the several spelling errors in the body of the "official looking" email. Ignoring unsolicited emails of all types, simply deleting 



Not giving in to greed, since greed is often the element that allows one to be "hooked".  If you have been hooked and scammed

admit it, especially to yourself.  Many people continue to send scammers additional money in vain as they are promised one more

cash infusion will finally yield the riches they have been promised.


Many frauds go unreported to authorities, due to shame, guilty feelings or embarrassment.  Always report anyone who has 

scammed you.


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