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6 Most Popular Email Scams You Should Avoid

When checking your inbox, you may see some outrageous emails. Perhaps you received an email claiming that you have won $100,000. Great! You then open the email only to find out that in order to claim the “prize,” you need to provide your banking details. Not so great. Today, we’re going to discuss the top 6 email scams you should look out for and avoid.

 

The Imitation


Many spam emails know that an intelligent buyer would never trust unreliable sources. So, they disguise themselves as a credible sender. You may have received emails from “PayPal” or “Apple” asking for sensitive information. More often than not, these aren’t actually from them. It’s best to check the email addresses in order to assess legitimacy. 

 

Companies are usually aware of this problem. What legitimate companies do to solve this is to address you in your email using your full name. This is because only they know what your full name is. Imitators wouldn’t usually have access to this information.

 

The Official Notice


You may have gotten an email from the IRS nudging you to click a link to solve an official problem. Well, this is funny for people who live outside the United States because the IRS isn’t a thing! Most official notes are sent via snail mail, not email.

 

Official notice scams use your fear to their advantage. They word the emails in such a way that causes you to panic. In your state of panic, you may impulsively click the link that “solves your problem” without thinking about the legitimacy of the email. Be wary.

 

The Survey


If you’ve received an email asking you to participate in a survey, it’s probably best to ignore it. Of course, the email may be legitimate if you actually signed up for participation in a survey beforehand. Otherwise, it’s almost surely a scam. If Yahoo, Google, or whatever your email provider is marks the email as spam, it probably is. Email providers usually have algorithms in place in order to detect emails that most people would like to avoid.

 

The Lottery


Free money! It’s one of the greatest incentives in the world. After all, who wouldn’t want a few extra tens of thousands of dollars? The easiest way to avoid these scams is to remember that if you didn’t enter a lottery, you didn’t win a lottery. Even if you did enter one and win, the lottery company will most likely notify you through other means.

 

The Diet Scam


“Buy this pill and lose 20 lbs in one week!” Absolutely a scam. Health and diet scams prey on the insecurities of the health-conscious. These scams lure in customers with promises that are almost too good to be true. If the promises they are offering you don’t sound realistic, then it’s probably a scam. Besides, the best way to stay on top of your health is through proper diet and exercise.