In today’s technology age, the most common form of communication is email. Our need to communicate with friends, family, loved ones and business partners regularly through the internet or social media has made our digital life exposed to cyber threats, one of which is email scam.
One major challenge
facing individuals, companies and governments in today’s digital age is cybercrime and the most common scam now is email scam. This is why email safety tips and best practices are now more important than ever.
Email scam is a deliberate deception made through email by an individual to another individual for personal gain. Cybercriminals use emails to trick unsuspecting victims into disclosing personal or sensitive information and later use the information to steal the unsuspecting victims’ identity, money or other valuable properties.
Email scams come in different ways e.g. online job scams, credit alert scams, help scams, lottery scams, survey scams, charity scams, etc. Most email scams look legitimate, the contents are well detailed and very interesting to read, which is the main reason why many people fall victim on a daily basis.
A report by FBI revealed that email scams caused losses amounting to US$ 1.4 billion in 2017. Another report by Action Fraud, a United Kingdom’s national report centre for fraud and cyber crime revealed that more than 400,000 reports of phishing emails were received by the anti-fraud…