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
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
Royalty from any nation
The World Bank
The United Nations
Government officials from Nigeria
or any other nation for that matter
Lottery officials from any state
Embezzlers needing assistance with
large sums of money
Email fraud may be avoided by:
Keeping one's email address as secret
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
Be cautious of someone who claims to
be from the United States, but is currently overseas. Fraudsters will often use
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
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