- Misspelling and/ or poor grammar is used
- You receive the email from a name you do not recognise
- The email asks you to ‘do some activity’ like open an attachment, login to a website by clicking on a special link, or ring a phone number
- The email may sound threatening, demanding or warn you that there are ‘consequences’ if you don’t take specified action
- You have won a competition, or something similar, but the email is from a company you didn’t use an email address for. You haven’t actually won anything
- A bank, finance institution or Paypal (or similar company) have ‘run security measures’ and need you to ‘login’ into your account to verify who you are. A company will NEVER ask you for information via email. You will either receive a physical letter, a text message or can ring the bank or company to find out if they do indeed, need to get in touch with you about an issue.
- You have won an Amazon gift card, or won an iPhone or you can now claim your free laptop. More than likely no
If an email you received is unexpected and out of the blue, it is more than likely spam. If it from a name you do not recognize, again, it most likely spam.
If you have indeed received a legitimate email, then if you delete it, a company can always resend as sent emails are saved inside an email program. Unless you specifically asked for information via email, then unless it is also from someone you trust, then you can safely delete it. If you are unsure, ring a company or a friend and ask if the email you received is from them.
Over the coming months I will show more scam emails that you may receive and what you can do to protect yourself from these specific emails.
Stay safe and if you see an email you think is not legit, drop ME an email at firstname.lastname@example.org and I will happily have a look for you.