Sounds too good to be true? Getting that weird feeling inside? That little voice inside of you screaming at you?
Trust your instincts and ask yourself five important questions.
Do I trust the source?
What is their motivation?
What is the evidence?
What does your common sense tell you?
What is left out?
Several times throughout the month we will get emails or messages from clients asking us if we think a particular email is real or spam. Just in the short time it has taken us to write this email to you, we have received 7 scam emails that are painfully obvious. But sometimes, you wonder. Here are a few ways to quickly determine if someone is trying to scam you.
- If they ask you to “click here” to update your payment information
* If you believe that particular company/service does need to be updated with information, go directly to that site but do NOT get there by clicking any of the links in the email in question.
- Check the ‘to’ line.
* If it says, “undisclosed recipients” there’s a strong likelihood it’s spam
- Check who it is from.
* Most email clients will allow you to click once on the ‘from’ name to populate their email. The email will usually give it away. Case in point:
We received this email today. Looks ominous and serious. A few obvious signs:
* Look at the language errors in the body of the email. …”please you’re required to update…” not very good English
* Apple will NEVER send you emails. iTunes might, but Apple won’t.
* Check the ‘from’ email: itunes@….does that look real? Of course not.
* The ‘undisclosed recipients’ is a dead giveway.
* Furthermore, this email contains a footer. Another attempt to make it look legitimate. But look carefully at the URL they are telling you to click for “information regarding your personal information…” the first part looks fine but the/ca/ should throw up HUGE red flags.
This email is a phishing email. They are phishing for your personal information. They want you to click the links and provide your information so they can steal it.
NEVER go to a website from within an email unless you KNOW without a doubt it is real. Even then – log in to your account the normal way you would and see if what the email says, is really happening.