10 signs that you may be getting scammed

Could you be getting scammed? Here are ten tell tale signs that you could be susceptible from MashablePhishing 150x150 10 signs that you may be getting scammed :

1. Disembodied Links

You should be cautious of these types of links in your email:

  • Links that are the only content in the email
  • bit.ly or otherwise shortened links that don’t show the entire web address
  • Hyper-linked text

If you have any doubts do not click on the link, but some internet browsers like Google Chrome will show the full address when you hover over the link with the mouse.

2. Inordinate Number of Recipients

If you receive an email that was sent to a large amount of people, but seems to be one sent to you personally, it is most likely a scam.

3. Vague, Generic or Nonexistent Subject Lines  

If an email from an unknown address without a subject line shows up in your inbox, don’t open it.  It is best to not open it if you don’t know what it is.

4. Intense Enthusiasm

The use of caps lock, exclamation points, and aggressive enthusiastic language  are surefire sign of a scam.

5. Grammar and Spelling

Look out for grammar and spelling issues, especially from reputable companies, as this could signal a scam.

6. Strange Requests

If someone sends requests for strange things like medical assistance, financial solicitation, or other things not appropriate for email than the request is not legitimate.

7. Urgency

If the tone of the email sounds urgent, then it is probably a scam as most people don’t take to email in the case of an emergency.

8. Sensitive Information Requests

Many scammers extract information from consumers by posing as a legitimate company, and asking for personal information.  Companies, schools, and banks will never ask for personal information over email.

9. Name Sender Disagreement

Make sure that you check that the email address is correct before assuming something is true.  If you are replying to a company, the address you are emailing should not have a different name.

10. Surefire Guarantees

Nothing on the internet is guaranteed, so emails making promises to make you money, or enhance your love life should be disregarded as spam.

For more: http://mashable.com/2013/03/20/email-scam-red-flags/

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About Ryan Gillis

I am currently a Marketing Intern for the Council of Better Business Bureaus in Arlington,Va. Originally from New Hampshire, I am a student at George Washington University in Washington D.C. My hobbies include: golfing, skiing, keeping up with Boston sports teams, and reading about history.