The Internet and phone scam trolls are already out hitting everyone hot and heavy this year. In light of that, this post is more of a PSA (Public Service Announcement) than anything else.
When you get an email from someone you don’t know, or even a big company like Microsoft or Gmail or PayPal or … your bank … and it says you’ve been locked out of your account so you need to click a link to verify information, or you need to click on a link to update your information or change your password, it’s a scam. DON’T CLICK THAT LINK!
If you get an email from UPS or the Post Office telling you they’ve attached your invoice, or the information you need or requested is in the attachment, it’s a scam. DON’T OPEN THAT ATTACHMENT!
If you don’t know what it is or who sent it … don’t click, don’t open, and don’t respond.
Reputable companies will never ask you to update information by clicking on a link. They will tell you to visit their website or call them using a number you already have. You can often tell the legitimacy of an email by letting your mouse hover over the “from” address. If it’s a scam or a hoax you’ll see an underlying email address that’s wonky and not at all normal. Scammers and Spammers are getting better and better at masking themselves, so even if you think it might be legit … just visit the website the way you normally would and do whatever you need to do that way.
PayPal will never have you click on a link to update your important information.
Microsoft will never call you to let you know your computer has a virus or is downloading dangerous content and ask you to give them access to your computer. (Hint: they can’t see what your computer is doing until you let them in anyway).
The IRS will never EVER call you without contacting you in writing first and telling you they are going to call, or make threatening phone calls and threaten to prosecute because you haven’t paid your taxes.
They are all hoaxes and scams and simply not true!
You know that phone call you get from Microsoft telling you your computer is at risk? Hang up!
One of the most recent scams is an email supposedly from Gmail. It’s not. It’s a phishing scam and you can read all about it here.
So while this post isn’t about marketing or business in general, it’s important information. I know most of us are pretty savvy when it comes to scammers and spammers, but there are still business owners out there getting caught in the scammer/spammer trap every single day.
For this week and going forward anytime in the future, be careful. Don’t click on strange links or attachments in an email. Don’t fall for the many different phone scams. When in doubt. Leave it alone and contact the company directly.
If it looks like a scam and smells like a scam, it’s probably a scam. It’s better to be safe than sorry.
Don’t let the scammers and spammers and creeps get you!
Author Bio: Terry Green is the Owner/President of BizEase Support Solutions, an online marketing support company that partners with professional speakers and coaches worldwide to help them turn time into money. You can follow Terry on Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter and Google+!
Originally published at BizEase Support Solutions.