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5 Things About Email Scams You Need to Know

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5 Things About Email Scams You Need to Know

Email scams are nothing new. Recently, though, we have seen many come in the form of a website inquiry from a clients’ website. This approach is different than others because of the way it is received. Below are 5 things you need to be on the look-out for when it comes to email scams — IN ANY FORM.

1.The inquiry appears to be coming from a real-life person.

Your first course of action upon receiving a website inquiry should be to research who it is coming from. This can be done through a quick search of their name on LinkedIn or a Google Search. Research before you respond.

2. Inspect the email address provided.
Every contact form on your website should include fields for the inquirer to fill in the best ways to get in contact with them. This should ALWAYS include an email address. Asking the inquirer to provide an email address is the best way to tell if they are legitimate or if their inquiry is a scam. For example, if the request is from at a University, their email address should end in .edu.

3. Inspect the phone number provided

For example, if you happen to find the inquirer online and a phone number is provided, compare that against the one they provided in their inquiry. A phone number that doesn’t match is a major red flag.

4. Inspect the grammar structure of the inquiry

Poor grammar structure is a dead giveaway of a scam. Of course, one typo cannot be a tell tale sign. What I mean — if there are sentences and words that do not match, e.g. broken English, you should send the inquiry to your Cybersecurity team IMMEDIATELY. 

5. Trust your instincts

ALWAYS trust your instincts. Your Cybersecurity department has given you the tools to pick out aspects of an email that do not quite add up. Even if there is only one red flag, send it over to your Cybersecurity department to inspect more thoroughly.

By |2018-06-02T17:45:04+00:00July 30th, 2016|Techni-Core Blog|0 Comments

About the Author:

Hi, everyone! My name is Jana Abbott Ricchetti, and I serve as Techni-Core's Team Lead, Project Manager for all IT and Cyber Security services, and Marketing/Business Development Manager. I am a graduate of Mississippi State University (Hail State!) with a degree in Communication Studies. I joined Techni-Core about four years ago. Over that time, I have worked with executive leadership to rebrand TCNS, expand service offerings, structure more successful and efficient compliance projects, and foster vendor relationships to serve all of our customers. The best part of my job is the reward of knowing that our services directly support the success of our customers - there is no better feeling! My customers are the bomb, and I am so honored that they trust me to manage their IT, Compliance, and Cyber services. I LOVE phone calls from customers, so give me a call any time you need anything - I am always happy to help.

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