According To WikiPedia,
Fraud has existed perhaps as long or longer than money. Any new sociological change can engender new forms of fraud, or other crime. Almost as soon as e-mail became widely used, it began to be used to defraud people via E-mail fraud. E-mail fraud can take the form of a “con game” or scam. Confidence tricks tend to exploit the inherent greed and dishonesty of their victims: the prospect of a ‘bargain’ or ‘something for nothing’ can be very tempting. E-mail fraud, as with other ‘bunco schemes‘ relies on naive individuals who put their confidence in get-rich-quick schemes such as ‘too good to be true’ investments or offers to sell popular items at ‘impossibly low’ prices. Many people have lost their life savings due to fraud.
So its always better to stay away and avoid these email scams. Here I have given some tips by the help of which you can recognize and stay away from these EMAIL SCAMS.
1.The from address is the first thing to look at. If it says something like “undisclosed receipts” or “unknown,” than this email has been sent as a mass email. The Scammer sent the email to a whole bunch of people in hopes that a few will buy into the line. Fortunately, most of these type of emails get filtered to the spam box.
2.If the email address is from a certain person, run the unknown name through the search engines. Oftentimes, these names are made-up or come from a different country. These emails are scams. Be very careful to check the name that seems to come from a legitimate source. Scammers often use a tiny variation of the source name to fool people into thinking they are actually legitimate. Always go to the real source if you aren’t sure.
3.Read through the email text. You want to look at grammar and spelling. Scam emails are rife with such errors. Either run your browser spell checker for a quick check, or copy and paste into Word for a more thorough check.
4.The biggest email scam is when the email requests a password, log in information, or asks you to verify an account. DO NOT GIVE THIS INFORMATION OUT. DO NOT CLICK ON ANY LINKS INSERTED IN THE EMAIL. Those links are designed to steal your information. This is a blatant attempt to steal your information and passwords. Banks, Paypal and other sites will NEVER ask you for this information in email. Always go directly to the site for your account information.
5.Scam emails more often than not butcher the English language. You can run the email through the spell checker in your browser or copy and paste it to word.
6.Sob stories are a cheap play on your emotions to try and get you to make the mistake of giving them money. Step back, if you feel yourself getting to emotionally involved. Think about and then do an investigation into their story. They will turn out to be pure fiction.
7.Scam job offers include the words “accounts receivable” or “transfer funds.” These are hot topic words that literally scream scam. Delete these type of emails immediately. Either these Scammers want your bank account info, or they want you to launder money for them. Also, be wary of any that want you to pick up packages. Remember that money orders can also be forged.
8.Protect yourself and delete such scam email immediately. Report the emails that want your information directly to the site and to www.ic3.gov which is the Internet Crime Complaint Center of the FDIC.
Tips & Warnings
* Never give your log in information, or passwords out.
* Never click the links in information stealing emails.
* Always go directly to the source.
* Step back, and access the situation when your emotions become involved.
* Do not give out any information pertaining to any accounts. Go directly to the source.
* This will not guarantee that you will avoid all email scams. Scammers are constantly coming up with new tactics. You must stay vigilant.