Friday, 30 November 2007

Be careful with email scams!

We live in the world that has many unforeseen challenges, some of which we find ourselves in. Some of us not because of our carelessness – but we cause we are not aware or lack of knowledge.

Over the years, many people on the Internet have made it their job to send emails to most people, informing them of the lottery that they have won. It’s now become an “in thing.”

These individuals are known as “scams.” This is a result of luring people into giving too much if not, all of their personal details – including their bank account number irrespective of one’s location.

It’s been reported that one these “scams” got hold of a person’s details, especially bank account numbers – they are able to log straight into one’s bank account and withdraw all the money available – without the account holder’s consent. This has happened many times and still continues to happen.

Irrespective on the million dollars you might be told to have won – never, never again give any of your required details to such scam emails. They are said to dig any information they could have about you and this makes things easy for them to trick you and ultimately convince you into falling for their trap.

What is somewhat shocking and surprising is that – they (email scammers) are able to send you email that looks exactly the same as your. For example, if your email address is, you can get an email coming from the same address and informing you of million dollars you have won from UK Lottery. Then one should wonder – how safe are these “free” email addresses and are they in any way protected from these scams.

Not only blaming the likes of Yahoo!, Google, Mafikengonline, etc – normally when one signs up for a free email address – one is always cautioned of the implications of signing up for this service as it’s not protected from “scams” like the premium ones.

Despite attempts in blocking these scam emails from entering one’s inbox, there are many of them coming from different account and different people too. This therefore makes it harder individuals, especially those individuals not using the premium service, to block all scam emails.

Recently, there is a scam email on the Internet from Standard Bank, one of South Africa’s large banking services. Immediately when one clicks of the link provided especially when one has a bank account with Standard Bank – this immediately reveals all-important information about the account holder. Therefore, some officials from Standard Bank have warned it’s customers against these scams and not to click on the links provided in such scam emails.

Despite security measure one tries to protect his or her email address, especially if it’s searchable from the internet – email scammer just try by all means and cost to get hold of such individuals email address and at times – the place where one resides.

Therefore, protect your email address from being accessed by these “scams” online.

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