We’ve all heard of the Prince Scams by now. Thousands of people were scammed into spending their hard-earned money – some even spending their life savings – on a mysterious Prince that claimed to need their help or offer an unusual investment opportunity.
There are more than 14.5 billion emails sent out daily. This equates to 45% of emails - keep that in mind next time you are scrolling through your inbox! Spammers prey on individuals that aren’t familiar with the signs of spam. To help you avoid falling victim to spam, we’ve composed a few tips to help you tell if an email is spam.
Signs it may be Spam:
1. Poor Spelling or Excessive Grammatical Errors – This is typically the first giveaway that an e-mail may be spam. A couple spelling errors are understandable. However, if the email is riddled with errors, it very well may be spam. Many email scams originate in foreign countries and seek to scam money from readers.
2. Emails that sound just too good to be true – Trust your instincts; if it sounds too good to be true, it just may be. Have you ever seen those emails titled “Congratulations! You’ve been selected…” or “You’re a Winner...”? I don’t open those at all. They go straight to trash. Side note: I don’t sign up for any contests or giveaways that sound too good to be true, either.
3. Pay attention to the URL – Often times, scammers buy URLs that are nearly identical to the authentic ones. The URLs may be just one letter or digit off. I’ve caught several spammers just by paying attention to the URL. For example, a spammer URL would appear as “www.walmart1.com”, instead of “www.walmart.com”.
What to do if you suspect it is spam:
A. The first option is to just delete it. Right to trash. No hard feelings.
B. If you suspect an email may be spam and you want to verify this, simply Google “Check if my email is spam”. Several reliable websites will populate (use your best judgement here, too). These sites will verify the email address and/ or URL that your suspected spam is connected to.
Next, it’s time to reassess if that peculiar email should be deleted, once more.