Bad actors on the internet want to get close to you in any way they can. After all, it’s how they can slip their hands into your pockets. Phishing scams are an especially popular way cybercriminals come into contact with you.
According to the FBI’s Internet Crime Complaint Center, people like you lost $57 million to phishing scams in 2019. With so much money to be made, there is no way they’re stopping anytime soon. One of the easiest ways to reel in a victim is through their email inbox, so you should research the signs of a scam before you lose a single penny.
There are obvious signs, like grammar mistakes or hovering your mouse over a link to see if it redirects you to a shady site, but scam techniques are becoming more sophisticated every day. One con even turns the tables and fools you into calling scammers. Here are five giveaways that are easy to miss.
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1. The email isn’t addressed to you
This detail is small, so you might overlook it. When dealing with a suspicious email, always check the sender. It might be addressed to an email you don’t even own!
For example, I received a fraudulent UPS email…