Email Scams – Examples and How to Avoid Falling victim to them

Every day on my personal and professional emails, I receive unsolicited emails from unknown sources. I always delete them. If I don’t know them, they are gone. But, there are some emails I receive that look really legit. You know those.

The emails seem to come from sites I visit, things I order, services I use, or things I may have done or have done in the past. But, they are NOT real. This is just a scammer’s attempt to reach you via email.

What are email scams called?

It’s a relatively new term, but you’ve heard it used and read about it. This is Phishing.

By definition,

Fraudulent emails, text messages, phone calls and social networks. As with any type of fraud, phishing can be extremely damaging and has already claimed victims on campus. Use these pages to learn more about phishing – what it is and what risks it poses.

What is a phishing scam email?

According to cisa.gov,

Phishing emails are designed to look like they were sent by a legitimate organization. These emails attempt to trick you into visiting a fake website to download malware (viruses and other software to compromise your computer) or reveal sensitive personal information.

What does a phishing scam email look like?

Here are three that I recently narrowed down through my work email.

Holiday Shopping Dispatch Email Phishing Scam

This is an email phishing scam that asks you to click on links highlighted in blue. Don’t ! The red flag is the website email it was sent from. UPSshippingdepartmant.com

Leslie Morgan

Leslie Morgan

I tried going to the website, to check, and that’s where it got me. Nowhere! The site does not exist.

Leslie Morgan

Leslie Morgan

Never click on a link. If you’re not sure, open another browser, like I did, and see if the website is real. If not, that means the links are only there to access your computer.

Speeding Email Phishing Scam

Leslie Morgan

Leslie Morgan

Yes, I have been known to speed up. And, yes, I’ve been known to get a ticket for this. But, the email above is a total phishing scam.

How can I know? Well, I’ve never been to Greenwich Village, CT. That is why.

Read the email several times before you think to click. They are like confusing math story problems.

Phishing email scam with search pattern

Leslie Morgan

Leslie Morgan

The email appears to be real. My husband has a concrete business, so we searched a lot for things related to concrete. But, it’s not real.

This is an example of wanting you to click on an attachment. See the invoice attachment at the top left of the email. Do not click on this attachment. Why? There are so many things wrong with this email.

  1. I have never ordered anything from this company.
  2. It starts with, Hi
  3. The company email does not contain the company name or anything to do with concrete.
  4. My payment was due 2 months ago and there is no reference to late payment.
  5. Email is powered by Hnry. (Nice try, Henry)

How to avoid being scammed through your email

• Filter spam.

• Do not trust unsolicited emails.

• Treat attachments with caution.

• Don’t click on links in emails.

• Install anti-virus software and keep it up to date.

• Install a personal firewall and keep it up to date.

• Configure your email client for security.

Always look for local and personal scam attempts. Recent natural disasters have caused a ton of scams. Political parties and candidate scams asking for money also occur. Be careful, be smart and don’t click!!!

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