Inside A Scam Email: Practical Tactics To Stay Safe On Line
We have a lot of training to spot scams and fishing at Townsquare Media.
I ran across such a scam in my company email, and I wanted to share some of my knowledge with you on how I knew immediately it was a scam.
At first glance, a person might think they're in a bunch of trouble. HOWEVER, with training, and a little bit of common sense, it's easy to spot this as a fake.
Here is the same email, only I've marked all the ways to spot it's fake:
- That is a pretty official looking email considering they took the time to use a ".org" address. But shouldn't that be .gov? Just sayin'. The Court Summons Part is what should get your attention. Courts do not summon with an email
- You'll see 3- #2's on this email where they make very good attempts to get you to click so they can hack you. NEVER click on anything in a phishing email. (I've made it my personal practice to only click on links in an email when I know, without a doubt, that its from a trusted source. It's so much safer to just log on to your account from the appropriate app or website if someone says there is a problem for you to check into. If there's really a problem, it will be in your account on the app.)
- What courthouse in what town, county, or state? What time is the hearing? This line SCREAMS scam
- There is a pretty basic misspelling. Sure, that can happen to anyone, but in the scam world, this is a pretty big tell
- Again, WHAT DAY AND TIME is the hearing
- I looked it up, as far as I can tell, "Chief Secretary Prosecutor" is a made up position. Another big scammy tell
What If I Unwittingly Fall For A Scam?
If you've clicked on or downloaded an attachment, they suggest updating your computer's software then running a check and removing anything your computer flags after that check. Get all their advice to avoid being the victim of a scam here.
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