6 Ways to Spot Spam

1. Requests for Personal Information
No professional organization will ask for your social security, bank, check, or PIN number in an e-mail.  Mark these emails as SPAM and delete them promptly without responding.

2. Spelling and Grammar Mistakes
The worse the spelling and grammar, the more likely it’s a SPAM email.  Delete and move on.

3. Click-able Links
Don’t trust links in e-mails. What might look like a legitimate link is often linked to a third-party site that looks official, but is actually run by the emailing scammers.  For example, if you get an email that looks like it’s from your bank telling you your account is closed, type your usualy banking URL into your browser to check it directly (instead of clicking the link in the email).  You may find that the email is SPAM.  Mark it as such and delete it.

4. Attachments in e-mails from anyone you don’t know
Never open an attachment from someone you don’t know. It’s likely a virus or spyware that will sit on your computer to steal your personal information.

5. Outdated Info
Some scammers like to pretend to be customer support from a company you trust, but slip up when it comes to accuracy. For example, in the picture, the  below, the spammers forgot Earthlink bought Mindspring in 2000.

6. Alarming Phrases
“Verify your account,” “you won!” or “if you don’t respond in __ hours, your account will be locked” are phrases that ONLY appear in SPAM.  Mark it and delete without clicking or replying.

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