So I just got an email from an attorney saying I am the recipient of $3.5 Million Dollars from a great uncle that I did not know about. He past away suddenly and he has no other living beneficiaries. All I have to do is wire $2,000 to have the lawyer process the paperwork ……..
Stop me if you have heard this story before.
Staying safe online is a challenge, but if you use some common sense and follow a few suggestions, you should be fine.
- The old adage goes, “If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.” Any email making promises of easy riches is likely a scam. If the person sending you the email were legitimate, they would use a reputable messaging service to contact you.
- Avoid emails that sound too alarming. “If you don’t update your information TODAY, your account will be suspended!” Many of these link you to a fake site and ask you to login with your Username and Password. At that point they have stolen your information and have access to your account. If you are concerned about your account, open your web browser and type in the web address of your account and login.
- Do not open attachments from people or companies if you are not expecting them. Sometimes these come as delivery notifications, invoices, credits, or documents.
- Keep your antivirus up to date. It’s like protection money. It doesn’t seem right to have to pay it, but you don’t want to be caught without it. For some reason people take joy in destruction. And more recently there is a virus called Crytovirus that will take your documents hostage and force you to pay a fee to unlock them.
- Never share your passwords. No legitmate company or IT support person will email you and ask you for your password. They already have it. That is how you prove to them who you are when you login in.
A little caution and a little common sense will help you stay safe online and with email. Stay safe.
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