We could all use more money, right? Whether it’s to add to your current income or to be able to give up your 9-to-5 job altogether, it’s fun to imagine the possibilities. And it’s this exact perception about finances and income that scammers are banking on.
Email scams are practically as old as email itself. Once a scammer figured out that people will read and respond to an email promising untold wealth, it opened the floodgates for a daily barrage of emails promising everything from inheritances to shared wealth opportunities to contest awards. But if there’s no money involved, why do scammers bother emailing people?
Oh, there’s money involved all right...yours.
Email scams come in a wide variety of formats and mechanisms, but they essentially all work in one of a handful of ways. The goals include: gaining access to your personally identifiable information by having you fill out the “necessary” forms; gaining access to your money by having you send in a “shipping and handling” fee or to pay the required taxes before receiving your prize; or having you click on a link to see what you’ve won, only to have the link contain malicious software that infects your computer and steals your information.
It is of prime importance to know the scams that thieves use to trick you into giving information. They then use the information to steal your identity. Compare this to a defensive driving course. It is not enough to know how to use a phone or the Internet. You must know how to use this technology safely, including increased awareness of situations that could lead to identity theft. Below you will find Fact Sheets, Solutions and Blogs to learn more about scams and how to protect yourself. You may also find our Current Scams and Alerts section helpful.