Most email scams and unwanted solicitations will get filtered out of your inbox in into your SPAM folder before you even see them. Then, of the solicitations that do end up in your inbox you will be able to spot a bunch of them from a mile away, and those you will erase. But scammers are developing more and more sophisticated email scamming methods aimed at convincing you to willingly send them your most sensitive financial information. If you know what to look out for, you
Here are a few of the more prevalent email scams to look out for.
The Work at Home Scam
If you receive an email offering you a job that you can work from your house doing online searches, international shipping, envelope-stuffing, medical claims processing or the like it very well could be a scam. The way it works is, the email sender, i.e. the scammer, will “hire” you to perform a certain job that they will agree to pay you for at some time in the future. In the mean time you are expected to work for them on good faith that they will, in fact, pay you. Additionally, some of these scams even require you to invest a certain sum of money in order to get started. Almost inevitably, upon completion of your work the company decides that the quality was not good enough to justify paying you for it.
The Magic Weight Loss Scam
When you receive an email claiming that a new cream or pill has been discovered that can miraculously make body fat disappear, don’t get your hopes up. In fact the whole pitch of this scam assumes that there are people who are willing to try anything to lose weight. Don’t fall for these scammers, they don’t want to help you, they just want your wallet.
The Lottery that you’ve Already Won Scam
This is similar to the magic weight loss scam, in that it plays on peoples willingness flush logic down the toilet in order to believe that their life has instantly changed for the better. When someone sends an email saying that there is money just waiting for you to claim, and all you need to do is send money, or your credit card information to them be very suspicious.
The Magical Disappearing Debt Scam
This scam requires that you declare bankruptcy, but always seem to fail to mention that in the original email. The scammers make fairy tale claims that sound too good to be true for getting you out of the black hole of debt. Again, this is another scam that people only fall for because they want so badly for it to be true. There are better ways of getting rid of debt, but they require a little more work than waving the magic wand and pulling a rabbit out of a hat.
The general rule of thumb is, don’t give away any financial information or send any money until you have a good reason to trust them and their business.
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