Email scams have been around since the beginning of the Internet age. People have received all sorts of offers and schemes, and have been victimized over and over again. For one, there’s the Nigerian email scam which promises the reader a share of a very large sum of money which the letter sender cannot claim yet because of civil unrest in his country.
Most often than not, the letter sender pretends to be a general or a prince from Africa. There have been many variations of this scheme and the promises have become bigger and bigger. One thing remains true though, the recipient of the email is asked to deposit money to a certain account, and that’s the last he will ever hear from the letter sender. Bye bye money.
According to research, scam artists use email as their main point of contact when trying to dupe people. About 48 per cent of credit card scams originated from an email. So, if you want to keep yourself from becoming part of the statistic, you better learn to assess the kind of offers you respond to. First of all, there’s no such thing as an instant winning. If you didn’t buy a ticket to enter a raffle draw or joined any sweepstakes promotions, then you couldn’t possibly win.
These scammers are able to get names and email addresses from marketing companies, so don’t be fooled into thinking that they know you. For more ways to protect yourself from scammers and thieves, read our clear and well-researched infographic.
We’ve gone to great lengths to come up with the data and figures, so do read it and share with everyone you know. Vigilance is key.
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