16 Mar Scam Emails in 2020.
How to Tell Real Emails from Fakes This Year.
From YMG – The Award-Winning Digital Marketing Agency in Chelmsford, Essex.
2020 has been eventful already, and that’s putting it lightly.
So, how can it be that spam and fake emails still exist? I guess somewhere, people are still falling for these emails. And, as the digital marketing agency that truly cares, we can’t have that. We’ve decided that we’re going to take matters into our own hands and help understand how to spot them.
In this blog, we’ll be taking a look at some examples of spam, scam, and fake emails to help you identify the tell-tale signs. As you may or may not be surprised, they’re fairly easy to spot.
You Weren’t Expecting an Email.
There’s nothing worse than the notification that you’ve got a new email, stopping what you’re doing to check, only to find it’s spam.
This is a typical case of scammers sending out as many emails as possible, hoping that some stick. If you’re not expecting an email, this can be the first sign that it’s spam.
Another way to spot if the email is fake is by the wording of the email. As you can see from the email above, it’s a typical hard sell format. They’re listing their services, trying to sell them to us. We don’t know this person, so why would we be interested in buying from a stranger? Most of us ignore or brush off people in the street trying to sell us things, so why would we pay attention to a random email?
2020 has already been a year of unexpected, unpleasant surprises. So, if you’re not expecting an email, be on your guard. Chances are, it’s either spam or a scam.
Also, ‘gambling niches also available’? Just what we, a digital marketing agency, need.
Gramar is moar espensive than you think.
This may not seem like a big deal to some, but it’s a definite sign of a fake email.
Think of it this way – if you’re in charge of promoting your business and reaching out to new clients, surely your spelling and grammar must be of high quality. After all, you’re representing your business. If the spelling, grammar, and form are incorrect, how can you be sure that the email is genuine?
If you spot any mistakes in spelling or grammar, and you weren’t expecting an email, it’s safe to assume it’s spam. However, if your writing skills aren’t as high as you’d like, you can always run the email through Grammarly. Bear in mind that the free membership is pre-set to American English, but it will highlight mistakes that may only be mistakes are they’re written in the Queen’s English.
It’s 2020, guys. It’s never been easier to ensure documents are spelled correctly before sending them. It takes just a few minutes. So, if Grammarly spots mistakes and errors, you can assume that the email is untrustworthy. Or worse, a scam.
They Contain Links.
We’ve all seen these emails. Containing huge amounts of links, websites, and more.
These emails should never be trusted. Not this year, nor never. As these, along with the next point, are two of the easiest ways to spot fake emails.
With this method, the scammer pretends to be a genuine business or individual. Whilst offering an offer or service, a link is included. This link will often infect your computer with malware or worse. Needless to say, these links should never be clicked. And the emails should never be trusted.
Bin them, ignore them, do whatever you want. But please, for the love of all that is good, please don’t click the links.
They Ask for Your Bank Details.
This is an email to tell you that your bank account is compromised. Please reply with your bank details to confirm this is you, and we will resolve this issue for you.
Of course, this is an easy spot. Scam, scam, scam!
Banks often boast that they’ll never contact you via email, and for obvious reason. It takes little to no time to create a fake email address and pretend to be someone else. It seems obvious, but some people still fall victim to these, giving over their bank details, compromising their hard-earned money.
Come on, guys. It’s 2020. You should know by now not to fall for this. If you’re contacted by ‘your bank’ via email, call them immediately. Not via the number that’s probably attached to the email, but via the official website. Call them, enquire about the email, and get to the bottom of the situation. Chances are, they’ll confirm it’s fake.
They Don’t Address You By Name.
If we had a penny for every time our inbox started with ‘hello [email address]’, we’d all be millionaires – and that’s just with our inbox since the beginning of this year! Not only is this spam, but it’s also lazy. I wish people would at least make the effort to make their spam email sound a bit more convincing.
Of course, we’re kidding. We love that these fake emails start without addressing us by name, as it makes it 10x easier to spot.
It’s easy to draw people in by simply addressing the email to “the team at [company name]”, or just a simple “hello”. But don’t fall for this. It’s spam – all day, every day. They don’t know you, because the email is fake. And whoever is sending the email is trying to make it more personal by addressing someone, even though they don’t know who you are!
This is an easy spot for finding scam or spam emails. If you see this, be on your guard immediately.
They Follow Up Generic Emails… With Generic Emails.
This is a real pet peeve of mine. Not because it’s an obvious sign of spam, and not even because it’s easy to spot. It annoys me because they make out like I’m the one that contacted them.
The email below is one we received this year:
Please note, don’t click ‘unsubscribe, as this could also be part of the scam process. Just ignore the email entirely.
Fairly standard spam, so we ignored it. Then, 5 days later, we received this email from the same address:
No. We were never interested in getting a quality guest post for our website because you emailed us! The audacity.
When you receive emails like this, never reply or click any links. Just ignore them. If you can spot it’s from the same email address, you can delete the email before opening it. It’s a desperate attempt for scammers to make contact. So, don’t give them the satisfaction. As soon as you spot this, bin it.
Of course, there’s every chance that the example emails we’ve highlighted here are genuine. However, if they are, they’re following the methods of spam or fake emails, meaning they’re as trustworthy as a scam email.
But, let’s face it, they’re very, very likely to be fake… So, don’t let 2020 be the year you got caught by a scam or fake email.
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