Help Prevent Spam in Your Inbox
December 13, 2011 | by Anne
Here are some suggestions to keeping yourself safe against these phishing scams in the future.
1. Be suspicious of any urgent requests.
2. Never give or confirm your login credential.
3. Avoid filling out forms in emails. The security of email is low.
4. If an email or postal letter asks you to visit your account, visit your account the way you normally would. Open your web browser and click on the “Favorite” or “Bookmark” that you normally use to access your account.
5. Only enter confidential information on web pages that appear secure.
6. Open email only from people you know represent the company contacting you. (For example: MRIS, Inc. sending from @mris.net)
The tips above are great specifically for MRIS emails, but to help protect yourself from general phishing scams, skim through our list below:
Here are five tips to protect yourself from scams:
- If you don’t know the sender – don’t open it! Booby-trapped attachments are often disguised in clever thank you notes or e-greetings.
- Watch out for emails that request personal information. No legitimate organization will ask for your social security number.
- Be careful with e-mails that look like they are from PayPal, Facebook, or other popular sites. Often these emails are linked to a third-party site that make them look official, but are actually run by thieves or scammers. Instead, just type the Web site’s address directly into your browser.
- Watch for typos or spelling mistakes. Scam artists are street smart, but many have flunked basic grammar. If the email has multiple typos or grammatical errors, odds are it’s not real.
- Watch for red-flag phrases, like “You have won!” or “Verify your account.” Genuine firms never send e-mails like that.