Your inbox is a battlefield and scammers are always coming up with new ways to get your personal information so they can steal your money.
There is a common scam where an email informs you that you have purchased an iPhone or some other item that you have not already purchased. The email looks legitimate, but Leslie Gaydus and Rob Michaelson explain what’s really going on.
Watch out for scam emails
Rob: Opening my email is always a dice roll, it’s always some kind of promotional email, amazon delivery notice or billing really. I don’t want to pay, but I always look for these scam emails.
Leslie: That’s right, you have to look very carefully. And the Better Business Bureau warns of emails right now that make it look like you just ordered a new phone and that you’re paying for it and then it will stay there. If you think you received this message in error or if you have any questions or to verify your account, click here. You don’t want to click. This is clearly a phishing attempt and the bad guys are trying to get your information by trying to make you believe that something has been put in your name.
How do they get your information?
Rob: Oh yeah, it’s the old phrase “Oh, you totally screwed up and oh, give us a call and we’ll make everything better.” But I suppose the person on the other end of the line doesn’t have your best interest.
Leslie: no. And if there is a phone number, you don’t want to call that phone number either. You just want to ignore these emails. If you call this phone number, you may have someone tell you that they will cancel the order and need to get some personal information for you to do this or want you to download some kind of app and none of them are good.
Which is also tricky when you seem to get one of these from a company that orders it all the time. So it pops up, but you have to look carefully at where that email is coming from, and at first glance, it might look like the company you order from frequently. So take a closer look and never act on those emails.
Differences in the scam
Rob: Yes, I have received quite a few of these emails and they look very formal. But of course, as we know, it’s a wolf in sheep’s clothing.
Leslie: There are also emails that your account is locked. Click here to fix that. There are emails coming in saying, you just won a $250 gift card. Click here to claim your money to claim your reward. If in doubt, don’t click anything. Some of my shopping emails come during the busiest shopping times of the year, so you just have to be really careful. And if you know you didn’t ask for something and you get an email saying that you did something and did nothing.
Other signs to look out for
Rob: So of course, we’re always looking for tricks, Leslie. But when it comes to these phishing scams, what are some of the warning signs to look out for?
Leslie: The best thing you can do is look at the source of the email. Click on it and see exactly what the title is. This will guide you to the fact that it may not be real. If you receive an email saying a fee has been made or your order is being shipped and you’re wondering, check your bank account, see if a fee was charged from a seller on your bank, or check your credit card statement and see if There was a fee paid by the seller. If not, it is likely a scam. Leave him alone. You never want to click on these links or call these numbers. It will only lead to bad things, leaving you vulnerable to identity theft. So be careful.