Scammers know how to get the reader’s attention; money is one of those motivators and scammers will take advantage of that. If you think about it, who in their right mind will give you free money? Don’t fall for these cheap scams.
Here are some tips on how to spot a fake email:
- I don’t recognize the sender.
- The file name ends in .iso. This is a disk image file (it behaves like a CD) – if this was a document, it should be a .pdf, .jpg, etc.
- The email doesn’t look to come from a legitimate company.
- Some improper grammar is highlighted in orange.
From:Chung Li [firstname.lastname@example.org]
Sent: Friday, October 13, 2017 12:47 AM
Subject: Wire Transfer Slip
Attachment: Transfer slip.iso 781KB
Greeting To You
We called your office number, but no responds. Kindly Check the wire
transfer slip attached details and verify that the transfer was made
to the right account details you provided to us.
your soonest reply will be appreciated
As a general rule:
- If you don’t recognize the sender, don’t open or click on the link.
- If the email is from someone that you know but the email looks suspicious or too good to be true, don’t open it; confirm with your friend that he/she intended to send you the email by call or text; don’t reply to the email.
- Ignore and delete any emails that ask for your bank account information, SSN, driver’s license number, Passport number, etc.
- Don’t open any attachments from unsolicited emails, they usually contain a virus.
- Place the cursor on top of the link (Don’t click it!) to reveal the address location where the link will take you (the link may be displayed in the lower-left corner of the screen)