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Simple email scams are tricking people

You’ve gotten those emails. Poorly spelled, oddly phrased, asking for money. But you won’t fall for that, will you?

You may believe that you’re too smart to fall for an e-mail scam. And I hope you’re right. But millions do.

These days, the simpler and more straightforward a scam email is, the more effective it will be.

After many years, and many jokes, everyone knows about the Nigerian email scams: Someone posing as an African official wants YOU to help them sneak billions out of their country. And you’re right; nobody is going to fall for that one anymore.

But now, the most successful email scams are now aimed at businesses.

The attack is simple: A plain text email that appears to be coming from someone you know or trust, say the owner, the CEO or a high ranking VP in your company. The object is to fool the recipient into sending money, usually a wire transfer. The victim clicks on a link within the email, and the damage is done.

The only defense is very low-tech. Never wire funds without first, a simple phone call to the person who asked you to do it.

Hear my view on email scams with this latest Consumer Tech Update podcast. Tap or click below to listen.

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