Spell It Out!
S – Suspect! When you first open an email that looks suspicious it is good to suspect something may be wrong. If the details or claims seem a little strange to you it may be safe to assume you are reading a scam. Continue with caution!
C – Check the details! Take a close look at the details and understand what they are relaying. Are you being told you won a lottery or game that you never entered? In many cases, the details will give the scam away.
A – Assume! Some say that it is wrong to assume, but when it comes to a scam that may be debatable. Assuming that the email is a scam may help you to safeguard your information and avoid an loss of personal property including money.
M – Manage your personal information. Managing who and when you share your personal information will also help you avoid loss from a scam. Don’t be quick to share your name, address, social security number, bank number, occupation, or any other related information with a stranger. If it could be a scam you may be better protecting your information that easily giving it away.
Some individuals find that they speed through emails on the smartphones or portable devices. When it comes to scams in email accounts you always have to be aware and on guard. There is a great real life story about the famous Prince of Nigeria scam and other popular email scams on Huffington Post.
While you read your email, regardless of the device you choose to do so, please take the time to continue to be cautious of scams in their many forms. Remember to avoid these scams and do not reply if you believe it is or it could be a potential scam. It is up to you to protect your personal information when you are online.