Watch out for SPAM . . .
SPAM emails are arriving more and more often. Protect yourself by learning the signs that an email message is SPAM and should not be opened.
- Who is it from? An email address with a long string of random characters before the @ sign is a red flag. Also, what is after the @ sign? A legitimate business will usually have their business name after the @ sign. Beware of common business names that are misspelled.
- Is there a sense of urgency in the email. Watch out for messages that want you to respond immediately. Also, avoid emergency messages claiming to be from friends and family.
- Watch out for links in the email that the sender wants you to click on. A legitimate email would tell you to log into your account, not click a link.
- Beware of attachments. When in doubt, don’t open them!
- Look for incorrect spelling and grammar within the email.
- Beware of any email asking for personal information such as social security number, account number, or password. Valid businesses will not ask for this information via email.
- Watch out for unsolicited emails. Did you request information from the company? If not, it is another sign to watch out.
When in doubt, don’t open it!