Congratulations, you have won 100 million dollars in the international lottery all you have to do to collect your winnings is to send us your bank account, social security, and credit card information, and we can wire your money in 24 hours. Act now so you don’t miss out on your fortune.
By the way, this must be your lucky day because Prince Cha Ching from the land of never has left you an inheritance that is certain to make you wealthy beyond your wildest dreams, in order for us to send your fortune you need to pay a transfer fee and the money is all yours just send a signed blank check so we can deposit the money into your bank account.
If you get an email that says you won a ton of money or that somebody from another country left you money that you should collect immediately, do yourself a favor and hit the DELETE button as quickly as you can.
These are just two of many scams online that is created to get your money or steal your identity; unfortunately many people have fallen into this get rich quick trap only to have their accounts drained entirely or their identity stolen.
Here are a few things that you can do to avoid becoming a victim of an email scam:
If you get an email with offers of money that sounds too good to be true, then it’s probably too good to be true so don’t fall for it.
Never give out your personal information, credit card, or social security number to anyone over the phone or online.
If you get an offer for a free gift and to get it you have to pay a fee, then it is not considered a free gift.
Be aware of the following scams, “foreign lotteries”, “Nigerian email”, “phishing”, “debt relief”, “work from home”, and “investment schemes”.
There are many other online scams waiting to take advantage of vulnerable people, who desperately want to change their financial situation.
If you’ve fallen victim to any of these scams be sure to report it to the FTC, forward the email that you received to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Hopefully these tips can prevent people from losing money and possibly their identity.
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