It’s time to protect yourself from Fraud and Spam emails
It’s not a question of if, but just when you will receive a fraudulent email purporting to be from a financial institution such as a bank or Paypal.
And to protect yourself from financial or other fraud, it is important that you are aware and take steps to protect yourself.
So, what can you do about it?
Well, the first step is very simple. It is awareness. Awareness of how these fraudulent emails are . . . set up and how they operate.
So let’s take a look at the email that I just received – supposedly from Paypal saying that they were taking money from my account.
(I have included it further down this page.)
Step 1 – ignore the alarming information
These emails will usually contain some alarming or frightening information, like . . .
“We are transferring funds from Your Paypal account to your bank account.”
This is done to draw you into the content of the email so that you ignore the (lack of) authenticity of the email.
Step 2 – take notice of your email program
If your email program is smart enough to tell you that this is Junk Mail, like mine was, then take some notice of that!
Make a thorough check of other aspects of the email before clicking the “Not Junk” button.
Step 3 – thoroughly check the email
There was a time when these fraudulent emails were glaringly obvious – but – they are getting more clever, making their email look much like the genuine article.
They display email addresses that look genuine, include logos and street address info, etc. The emails look legitimate.
They are not so easy to spot, just by taking a look.
So, a visual check is just not enough!
Step 4 – go to the source
If the email purports to be from Paypal, then go to the source and ask then to check it out.
BUT . . . NEVER click on a link in the email.
Always open your web browser and find the website of the institution directly online.
I have done this for Paypal and found that they have whole sections of their website dedicated to countering these frauds.
And, in the process of doing that research, I found that they have an email address where you can forward suspicious emails for confirmation.
Not only will they confirm the email for you, but by sending the fraudulent email to them, you will help their tech team to deal with these frauds.
That email address is – email@example.com
It really is up to us – you and me – to deal with emails responsibly.
What should you do now?
1. Take a fresh look at emails that arrive in your Inbox.
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