When navigating the internet, we must be cautious of what websites we visit and where we trust our private information. While protected big-name websites like Google and Twitter have protections for individuals' confidential information, this does not mean that data leaks do not happen, and we always need to be on top of the information we store digitally. One of the more common ways nefarious actors get a hold of private information is through email scams.
Phishing Scams And You
One of the more common online scams that can target an individual is phishing scams, where a scammer tries to get private information from an individual through email correspondence. These phishing scams can be varied methods that take advantage of an individual's trust. Here are some of the more common phishing scams you may encounter online.
Copying An Official Website
Scammers can take the time to make their emails appear like they are sent from official companies but are links to websites that will steal your information. Keep an eye out for misspellings in the links to websites or the copy. Even the email address of the supposed company may have misspellings or suspicious alterations that can be a dead giveaway.
Usually, imitation emails will address the recipient in a general way, not knowing your name specifically, and has numerous embedded links redirecting to a different website. If you are ever concerned about the content of the message, take the time to google and find the official link to the company website and even follow up with their support team to make sure you are not being targeted for a scam.
Lotteries And Offers
While this scam is old, it can still be used to prey on unsuspecting individuals. Emails with lottery drawings or offers that boast winning a certain amount of money that needs to be redeemed urgently are almost always a scam. If you do not remember signing up for a lottery but still get emails about said lottery, the odds are that you are being lied to in the message. Typically these scams advertise exclusive offers or give false contact information, with links that redirect you to pages asking for personal information. Do not give these groups any of your data.
What Can You Do?
To stay safe, companies typically do not ask for your private information over email and should have protocols for their support members asking only for some details, not all. Be cautious of clicking random links from addresses you do not recognize and messages asking for your password or other private information.
If you fall victim to a scam or know somebody who has fallen victim to an email scam, getting your money back can be complicated. Depending on the transactions taking place and where the money was transferred can make getting funds back tricky. Always take precautions when navigating the internet.
If you or someone you know has been the victim of a scam, the attorneys at Nick Lotito & Seth Kirschenbaum are here to help. Call (404) 471-3177 today for a consultation.