Expect more email scams

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With all the bad news about the economy, bank bailouts and who knows what’s next, email scammers are very quick off the mark as this email, in the FIR comments Gmail account this morning, suggests.

It’s worth repeating:

  • If you get any email from your bank, or other financial company who you do business with, that requires you to log in to your online account, don’t – instead, pick up the phone and call your bank to ask if they sent you the email.
  • Don’t click on links in emails if you don’t know who the sender is, no matter how compelling it might seem.
  • If it looks too good to be true, it probably is.
  • Pay attention to spelling and grammar – could be a clue to how genuine the email is. Then again, maybe not :)

What other safeguard suggestions are there?

About Neville Hobson

Entrepreneurial business communicator with a curiosity for tech and how people use it. Early adopter (and leaver) and experimenter with social media. Co-host of the weekly business podcast For Immediate Release: The Hobson and Holtz Report. Also an occasional test pilot of shiny new objects. Follow me on Twitter and Google+.