Have you ever had a suspicious email pop up in your inbox and you’ve been curious to open it? Well here’s our top tips to avoid being caught out by those sneaky scams.

Firstly, you need to know what to look out for. To make things easy, here’s some of the most common types of scam emails you should be ignoring:

  • Health and diet scams = “LOSE WEIGHT FAST!!”
  • Bogus business deals = “We have been trying to contact you regarding a proposal”
  • Quick money making schemes = “Clear your debt and make £500 a day”
  • Lottery / millionaire winner announcements = “CONGRATULATIONS, YOU’VE WON $1,000,000”
  • Survey scams = “Get paid to take this quiz”
  • Insurance scams = “Get the FREE life insurance”
  • Amazon ‘rewards’ = “Claim your $50 Amazon reward!”

Even if you know what to look out for, you need to be aware of the do’s and dont’s that come next..

  • Never give out your personal information or bank details unless you are 100% sure it is safe and secure. Beware of pop out boxes asking you for information.
  • Do not click on links, attachments or downloads from unknown senders.
  • Have a look at the email address of the sender. It is likely to be spam mail if the address contains randomised characters that you are not familiar with.
  • Then again, be wary of dodgy emails pretending to be top brands. For example, there was recently a mass distribution of fake Amazon emails which appeared to be branded exactly like an Amazon order confirmation email (See more on this story). Many people were caught out on this one, so double check the sender.
  • Hover before you click on email contents – you can see where the link leads to. Nonetheless, it’s best not to click on it at all.
  • Genuine companies never ask for sensitive information over email.

Check out this great infographic which illustrates the different approaches of phishing scams:

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