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It’s a trap! (How to avoid email fraud)
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Web Watch knows many people who suffer from a daily deluge of spam email in their inbox. It’s through no fault of their own – it has to do with their company email policies and the ease of guessing commonly spelled names at specific email domains.
Yes, we feel sorry for you, Ned Obody at the DMV. Too bad you’re stuck with the email address of firstname.lastname@example.org as your email address. (Note for anyone attempting to reach Mr Ned — Web Watch made that email address up, so the chances of it actually working are slim to none.)
But the only reason that scam emails are out there are because for every million emails that get sent out, it only takes one person to give in to the nonsense and send those scammers money. That’s what makes it worthwhile to the scammer, and a pain in the butt for everyone else.
Just a reminder: don’t ever buy anything from an unsolicited email. It’s that easy.
That’s the philosophy behind the ERNST & YOUNG’s FRAUD INVESTIGATION division, because they – in conjunction with the FBI – have compiled a list of the 15 MOST COMMONLY USED PHRASES in email fraud.
In other words, if you see any of the following in some unsolicited/unwelcome piece of email, then chances are it’s a fraud and can be safely deleted.
Nobody will find out
They owe it to me
Do not volunteer information
Off the books
Pull earnings forward
All that being said, I do have a bridge in Brooklyn that I’d like to sell you. You can take it as a write-off, and just pay this low special fee. We can even negotiate a lower price if you’re willing to do it off the books. Up to you, of course…