Common Email Scams You Should Avoid

icon-1435687_640Checking your email is a process that seems so simple, yet there is so much that can happen in the process. Unfortunately, there are people out there using emails to scam others out of their personal information and/or hard-earned money. Here are a few common scams you should be on the lookout for.

One of the most common schemes comes from a person who claims to be the executor of a will for a person you have never heard of. They claim that they are in charge of an estate that is worth millions and they need your help in order to recover the money since the deceased has no living relatives. The reality is that they will urge you to show that you are sincere by wiring them a small amount of money in good faith. All they will do is grab the money you send and you will never hear from them again.

Another one is the schemer who pretends to be from Paypal, Amazon, or another legitimate company. They tell you that there has been a hack and they need you to do a speedy log in to change your passwords. The site you are sent to appears to be legitimate, but it is actually one that is designed to look like the real thing. Once you put in your login information, they have all they need in order to access your funds. Many people only realize they have been scammed once their accounts have been emptied.

You have probably seen many emails that promise to give you very large gift cards in exchange for answering a short survey. These are not legitimate either. All that happens is you expose your personal information, you are routed to a never ending slew of questions and sponsored offers and you end up walking away empty handed.

It is pretty easy to become the victim of an email scam, especially if you have no idea what they look like. Now that you are aware of some of the more common ones, you can avoid becoming a victim.