Avoiding Email Scams Think Before You Click

Avoiding Email Scams Think Before You Click

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Email scams, or “phishing,” are some of the most popular ways that scammers try to steal information from individuals and small businesses alike. Unfortunately for us, these scams are not always obvious and are sometimes not detected by a spam catcher. This means we have to be hyper vigilant about what we actually click on in our email inboxes, even when they appear to be from colleagues, friends, or even our boss. While we may not be able to avoid opening every email that’s malicious, we can certainly avoid doing ourselves any harm the vast majority of the time by following the tips below.

Be Aware of the Warning Signs

Sometimes there aren’t many warning signs, but we should be aware of the ones that are commonplace in the scamming world. These warning signs include, but aren’t limited to:

  • Unrecognized senders
  • Misspellings and difficult to read emails
  • Unpersonalized messages
  • Coming from someone you don’t often email
  • Try to upset you with frightening information
  • Try to give you large sums of money

While some of these are obvious, sometimes we don’t notice one sign because we’re preoccupied with something that intrigues us. However, these are good things to think about when you do get an email.

Personal Information Over Secure Websites and Phone Calls

In addition to the above, don’t ever give out personal information or financial information over an email, even if it’s with someone you trust. Call them instead, especially if they say that it’s “urgent” you send them information that shouldn’t be sent over email anyways. When you’re conducting online transactions, try and make sure they’re over a secure connection, which is represented by an “s” after “http” in a URL. When giving personal information over a phone call, never do so unless you are the one that initiated the call in the first place, and always double-check phone numbers you call from emails against the one on a website or other public place.

Protect Your Computer Appropriately

Sometimes we fall for new email scams we haven’t seen before, and that is when it’s critical to have a properly secured and updated browser and also any sort of spam filter, firewall, and anti-virus software you can manage. All of these protect from different things, and an email scam can trigger any of them. Make sure everything is updated regularly to help fight new threats as they come out.

In general, you should be careful where you give out personal information on the Internet, as even seemingly legitimate websites can be compromised. However, it’s especially important to think before you click when it comes to emails and to try and read the warning signs so that you don’t have to depend on your computer’s protections to keep you safe.


Andrew Marriott
Owner & Founder at AJR Solutions
I am a technical & creative guy who loves technology. From a very young age, I have had a passion for technology, website / graphic design and photography. I work hard & play harder, I’m driven and full of enthusiasm with a passion to help others. Technology, digital design, web development & creative photography are areas I am really passionate about.

In the past i have worked for a leading IT Solutions & Managed service provider in Rotherham dealing with a range of IT platforms, such as - on site field engineering and remote support, dealing with all types of servers such as Virtual & Physical, Hyper–V, VMware, Windows server 2012 R2, SBS - Small Business Server 2008 2011, SQL, Terminal, Exchange, Active Directory, Group Policy, TCP, IP, DNS, DHCP, VPN, RDP, hybrid & cloud, Office 365 and managed security solutions such as Antivirus and Spam filtering.

Prior to this, I worked for Wickersley School & Sports College as the Lead IT & Network Technician and also supporting local primary schools with IT Support and engineering visits & Project Management, while also running my own company AJR Solutions, providing IT & Creative Solutions.

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