- You received an email sent by someone posing as a Nigerian government official, asking you to place a large sum of money into an overseas bank account, with the promise of a big financial payoff in return.
- You received an otherwise enticing email full of spelling and grammatical errors, or a notice from a source you recognized (or not) asking you to click a link and update or verify your personal information.
- You were contacted about a relative in trouble and needing you to wire cash immediately.
- You received an invitation to become a secret shopper — only after providing your personal information and paying an application fee.
- You received an email from the FBI instructing you to click on a link to provide answers to their questions.
If any of these things have happened, you were one click away from giving your information to an Internet scammer. With Internet scams growing exponentially, it’s wise to keep track of new threats, before clicking a suspicious link. The FBI describes many of the latest scams and offers tips to avoiding them here.
The Federal Trade Commission even has a microsite with specific scam warnings and advice for parents, kids and small businesses. Check them out!
Save these links and refer to them the next time you receive a questionable email. And remember if an offer seems too good to be true, it probably is. And never provide confidential information in email.