Email scams are a huge problem for internet users. Many people fall victim to these malicious schemes, and it isn’t always easy to tell the difference between an email scam or not.
In this article, we will discuss 5 common types of email scams that you should be wary of when opening emails from unknown senders. We have also provided examples of each type so that you can see what they typically look like in case you receive one yourself!
Upgrade Your Account Scam
In this Scam , the Email will state that a user has been offered an upgrade to their account.
You’ll be sent information on how to update your login details and become eligible for new features or benefits from the service provider. The email may contain attachments with links in them so they can take control of your computer and steal personal information, such as banking details.
For Example : One Email Scam that is being sent out at the moment states:
“We have noticed you are eligible for a free upgrade to your current account. Simply click on the link below and enter your login information, which will be updated automatically.”
This Email may also contain an attachment with a Hyperlink in it so they can take control of your computer.
The Link contains malware meaning if you did indeed follow this email’s instructions, then Your Computer would become infected with viruses or other malicious software. This could result in data loss, identity theft and monetary losses as well! So always check any emails from unknown senders before opening them!
To Prevent getting scammed always verify that the Email is from a trusted sender, and that it doesn’t contain any attachments or links.
You’re the Winner Scam
We always love to win something, but using this scam is not a very good idea. It’s used to get your personal information so the scammer can steal from you later on, but with this email it pretends that they won something in an online contest. You’re told to reply back with some of their personal details.
After that to get the winning cash the scammer asks you to deposit a small fee to a bank account. Then they will send you the cash, but if you do this it’s likely that your money is gone for good!
Here is an example of “You’re the winner” scam :
Hey, I don’t know if you remember me? We met at the mall a few months ago. Anyway, just wanted to let you know that I entered your email in an online contest and it won some money! It’s only $500 but still nice to have a little extra change. The American Sweepstakes Association will deposit it into your account shortly so enjoy my gift with good fortune. Make sure to reply back with full personal details (name, address etc) as they need this information for verification purposes.
To Avoid being scammed remember nobody is winning anything for free and be aware of phishing emails.
Government Email Scam
Most of us trust mails from the Government but scammers have found ways to trick people into believing that they are from the Government. They will send mails with titles which sound like “Government Alert: Please Read Immediately”
These scams often use fake logos, seals and other government authorities in order to look authentic.
Typically these email messages would ask for personal information such as bank account details or credit card numbers – all of which could be used by criminals to gain access our money and identity fraudulently.
We can see example of a Government Scam:
Subject: “Government Alert”
The Government Scammer wants me to give them my username or password so they can access my account online or send a virus into my computer that could steal all of my private data.
To be safe always visit the Government Official Website and verify their emails addresses if its not one you recognize.
I know a lot of us love to do charity but scammers take advantage of this and try to get people’s money by pretending they’re collecting donations for a cause that is happening.
Here we can see an example of a Donation Scam:
“Dear friend, please help me and my family. We have been stricken by famine in Africa for a long time now and our children are starving to death. Can you send $500 so we can purchase food?”
This scammer is using the human’s natural compassion against them with this kind of letter designed to get money from people.
The best way I have found to avoid this scammer is to call the NGO or company on their contact number at their website and ask them about what organization you are considering donating to.
Package Delivery Scam
We all order several products online and these scammers take advantage of this. And spoof like the email is from a reputed Delivery Service like UPS, DHL or FedEx .
The email will contain a link to the fake Website which is asking for more information like your credit card number or your personal information.
Example of Package Delivery Scam :
“Dear Customer, your package is on its way. Please go to our website and enter the tracking number below so that you can track it online.”
Here’s a link to the fake Website: packagedelivery.com
This scammer wants your credit card information or personal identity details by sending an email with URL link to unsuspected people which could lead them into trouble. Stay away from these scammers.
You can also avoid this scammer by contacting the Delivery Service directly and ask them if they sent you an Email with their logo on it requesting personal or payment Information.
How do you avoid these Email Scams?
*If you receive an Email from a company that wants to take your credit card number or personal information, do not reply.
*Contact the Company directly and ask them if they sent you an email requesting this type of information.
The best way to avoid these scams is by spotting them as soon as possible before it’s too late! So be careful!!
The best way to avoid being scammed is to be aware of the most common types of email scams. Below are some common examples and a few tips on how you can protect yourself from these internet crooks.
Have you seen any of these emails before? Yes, share what did you do next.