How to Avoid Spam/Phishing

Beware of scam emails that promise to help you, as they may have malicious intentions.

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Protect Yourself from Scammers with These Tips

To avoid falling prey to phishing schemes, it's important to keep an eye out for warning signs.

  • If the email address has a string of random numbers or letters or doesn't match the company's name it says it works for then it most likely spam
  • Sometimes their name will be spelled twice or repeated indicating it's not a human but a bot
  • If the subject line states your page or account is in violation of a policy and prompts you to urgently complete an action through a link
  • Look for official signatures with contact information when communicating with companies to ensure their affiliation
  • Be cautious if someone requests a payment through a link, especially if they are soliciting their services
  • Check the legitimacy of links by hovering over them with your cursor to see where they are really leading you
  • Pay attention to the punctuation and grammar in emails or messages
  • Be wary of any requests for personal information such as credit card numbers, Social Security numbers, drivers license/ID, or bank account numbers
  • Never share your passwords or any other sensitive security information with anyone, especially if they are requesting it over email or through a link

If an offer seems too good to be true, it probably is

Always take time to do your research before making any commitment. Verify the company’s credentials, read customer reviews, and look for any other red flags like the aforementioned. If anything seems suspicious or out of the ordinary, evaluate your options carefully before making a decision. Being vigilant and aware can help protect you from falling victim to scams. 

Trust your gut feeling when it comes to online security. If something feels off or doesn't seem quite right, don't proceed. Knowing what to look out for is an important first step in staying secure online. Additionally, be sure to use strong passwords that are difficult to guess or crack—passwords made up of a combination of words, numbers, and symbols work best. Regularly changing your passwords is a good practice too.

Always be vigilant and take precautions when communicating with unknown people online. Be wary of requests for money, personal information, and links that appear suspicious. Pay attention to grammar and punctuation in communications, double-check names that are repeated, and never share any sensitive information that could potentially harm you or your business. Report any suspicious emails or messages to the company or platform it was sent from.

If you are unsure whether or not the email in question is legitimate, please contact a Marketing Specialist at (713) 322-9742 before clicking on any suspicious links or taking any actions that require you to submit personal information.