Scammers will find any way they can to steal their victim’s money and identity, including sending phony emails that look legit. These scam emails can fool anyone into sending their money over to the scammer since they can resemble emails from Amazon and other major corporations. There are many people that wonder how to tell that the email they received is a scam and how to report and avoid these types of scam emails. In this article, we will be discussing how to report a scam email and how to tell that the email you received is a scam email.
Types of Scam Emails
The Government Official
The scammer pretends to be an FBI official or another government official, demanding that you provide them with information. They will usually claim that your insurance has been denied and in order to approve it, they need more information from you. There are also other empty threats that they use in order to obtain your information. Some of these threats include catching you supposedly downloading illegal files, not paying the IRS, and committing a crime that you need to fix.
Your Family Member or Friend is in Danger
Scammers pretend to be your close friend or family member that are in danger. They usually pretend that they have traveled to another country, and are being mugged, kidnapped, or held at gunpoint if the kidnapper doesn’t get money. Another thing they could say is that the embassy can’t help them go back home unless they get money from them.
There’s a Problem With Your Billing
The scammer pretends to be a company that you shop at and states that there was a problem with your billing. Usually, they claim that the address, card number, name on the card, or expiration date is wrong and needs to be changed. The email contains a link for you to click on in order to change your payment information so that the supposed item can get sent to you. Once you click on the link and provide them with your information, the scammer then uses this to commit identity theft and steal your money.
Congratulations! You just won a contest, according to the scammer behind the screen. In reality, once you click the link on the phishing email or respond to claim your prize, the scammer will ask you for your personal information so that they can send you the package as well as your financial information to pay the small shipping fee. Sometimes, the scammer will suggest that you use your mobile payment apps, such as CashApp or PayPal, to verify your financial information. Once you send them the information, they will steal your identity and your money for themselves.
A scammer pretends to be your bank and claims that there was fraudulent activity on your account. They give you a link on this phony email to verify your information and the withdrawals and takes you to a form to fill out your personal and banking information. Once they have this information, they can then use it to steal your identity and the money that is in your bank.
A Company is Having an Amazing Scam-Filled Deal!
A scammer emails you pretending to be the company that you regularly shop at. The supposed company claims to be having a deal on certain products and instructs its customers to click the link. Once they do, they will be required to give the scammer personal and financial information in order to receive the item. There are some instances where a scammer will even ask for a wire transfer or a gift card! Once they give up this information, the scammer can then commit identity fraud and steal all of their victims’ money.
How to Report a Scam Email
Here are some options that you can do if you want to report a scam email:
- Forward any phishing email to the Anti-Phishing Working Group at email@example.com or to the USA government at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- If you have a Gmail account, you can report the phishing email directly to them. All you need to do is click more options on the message and then click the “Report Phishing” option.
- Report the phishing email to the FTC.
How to Avoid That Pesky Scam Email
- Don’t click on any random links that were emailed to you.
- Always check the email address on company emails before clicking on any links.
- Make sure the email address ends with their company site, “@socialcatfish.com”, instead of “@gmail.com” or “@yahoo.com”
- Don’t give out any personal information to something that seems suspicious or doesn’t make sense.
- If they are asking for your address to send something, make sure it’s a legit company before providing it.
- If they are asking for your social security card, don’t provide it and report the website immediately.
- Don’t give out your financial information, unless it’s on a legit website with a secure credit card form.
- Don’t pay for anything if it is asking for a wire transfer or gift card as a form of payment.
- Make sure to use two-factor authentication for all of your online accounts.
Social Catfish is Here to Help You With Your Scam Email!
At Social Catfish, we want to help you verify the identities of those who might seem suspicious to you. If you have their name, email address, phone number, social media username, or image, you can reverse search and see who the suspected person was that you’ve been in contact with if you think you’ve been a victim of scam emails.