With so many warnings, it is surprising that people are still tricked into opening e-mail from scammers and hackers. There are some immediate tell-tails signs that should alert you that the e-mail is not legitimate.
First of all, the subject line will say: from John Doe. It is written just that way with a lower case f in the word “from.” To catch your attention, the e-mail appears to be someone you know. That’s because your name is in their address book that the hackers have captured. Even if you know John Doe you might want to check with John Doe to see if he really did send you an e-mail. This also happens with instant messages and chats on Facebook. You might think you are having a conversation with your friend until he sends you a link to buy something.
Legitimate e-mail have a real subject in the subject line; not who it is from because the computer will show who it is from because it will be in the legitimate reply address. However, the scammed e-mail will have a different address. The reply address is not from the person whose name is in the subject line.
Another obvious way to spot someone trying to get you to open their e-mail is to say “Hello dear” or use some term of endearment. This is especially true if the e-mail is coming from a foreigner. Besides, there are usually misspelled words in these e-mails.
If you get an e-mail saying click a link to keep your account open with ABC Bank, and you know you don’t have an account with ABC Bank, don’t respond. Also, you might receive an e-mail with “re:” and you know you haven’t written anything for there to be a “reference” to, don’t open that e-mail.
If you receive an e-mail saying to click on a link because your mailbox needs to be expanded because you have reached your limit, don’t click on that link.
You cannot keep the e-mails from coming no matter how many times you change your password. However, you can keep from getting a virus on your computer if you do not open them. If you inadvertently open them, please do not click on a link or reply to the e-mail. Report it to your service provider as spam or abuse mail.
Scammers are always coming up with way to get your money and your personal information. The one way to beat them at their own game is to delete whatever they send you. Watch the video above for more tips.