Friday, November 12, 2010



How to Identify and Avoid E-mail Scams

We’ve all gotten them, those annoying e-mails from “doctors” or “executives” claiming to need your help to deposit some vast amount of money. In exchange for doing almost nothing, these e-mails claim you will receive a ridiculously high pay-off.

Most people recognize these e-mails as scams, but scam artists are getting better at duping unsuspecting, good-hearted people.

The sad truth is that every time a world disaster occurs, a scammer is out there devising a plan to make money from the suffering of others. Most recently, scammers, just days after the devastating earthquake in Haiti, were sending out bogus e-mails asking for donations. Never donate money to an organization you haven’t heard of.

Another favorite scam is to claim someone with your last name has died without an heir, leaving millions of dollars behind. Since you share a last name with the deceased, the scammers, who claim to be estate attorneys, apparently figure anyone with the same last name will do to inherit this fortune. All you have to do to get your millions is to pay a small fee, which goes right into the scammers pockets.

The scammers are getting smarter, and because they have been successful, they are likely to continue their quest for more and more sophisticated schemes. For that reason, consumers must keep up to date on their latest methods. One new scheme involves scammers hacking into an e-mail account, accessing your friends’ e-mail addresses, then sending out a bogus e-mail that appears to be from you frantically requesting money because you are stranded in a foreign country with no money. Several people have actually sent money to scammers thinking a close friend was in desperate need.

What do you do with these e-mails? Delete them. They are often easy to recognize, so we suggest they be deleted without even opening them.

The bottom line is that nowadays you must be suspicious of every e-mail you receive that talks about sending or receiving money. The old adage, “if it seems too good to be true it probably is” has never been more relevant.

Because many of these scam artists come from overseas, look for misspellings and grammatical errors in the text. Unless you know the sender, don’t answer and don’t fall for their claims.

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Copyright (c) Brian Durham. Brian Durham is an Internet Marketer and author who writes articles on subjects including email scams and how to avoid them.You can see more of Brian’s articles at