Beware of email scams
Has it happened to you before? Email scams. You receive an unsolicited email for parcel collection, a banking fault, or an offer too good to refuse. If this ever happens please, please ignore them. The worst thing you can ever do is click the attached link to any of these sort of unsolicited offers. I’ve had quite a few come through recently and it’s not hard to be tricked by the apparent professional look of them. The most recent I received was only last week when the ANZ Bank was telling me there was a problem with a transaction on my bank account. The problem was, I don’t have any ANZ accounts and also the “give away” sign is when the originating email address is either a Gmail or unusual email address with perhaps an Eastern European name. All these emails are just searching for vulnerable people who are prepared to answer the email and unwittingly lose their identity or worse – control of their bank accounts.
What can you do to stop it?
The best thing you can ever do to stop these people ever gaining access to your precious information is to ignore them. Immediately delete any email that you are not sure about – especially emails that are unsolicited. If you don’t know the sender and they are neither a family member nor personal friend then be very wary. Under no circumstances answer any email like this and if you are not sure also delete the email. If it really is someone you know and trust they will quickly contact you again if they need to. If you are unsure about the origin of an email, telephone the person you think it may be. If they say it wasn’t them, then you know that the email is suspect and should be deleted.
Scammers will return
If there is one thing I can guarantee it’s that after a little success all scammers can’t resist to try again. They will contact you again if they think they can make a buck out of you. I recently read that one of Australia’s most notorious real estate scammers has reappeared after being banned from being a company director for 5 years. Henry Kaye originally duped investors of around $60 million and is now suspected of being involved in another development scam that is owing investors around $100 million. They can’t help themselves but you can. Nobody gets rich quick unless they do something like Henry Kaye, so don’t be fooled – be wary!!
Don’t become one of the vulnerable
Real estate, dating sites, get rich quick sites – they are all places that people are preyed on because they are vulnerable. Don’t believe the stories and selling techniques. Think calmly and say to yourself, “If it’s that good why are they telling me?”
I hope this article has helped you to think twice about the next dodgy email you may receive and believe me one day you will receive one!