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Email Scams, Email Solicitations, Email Demands

Email Scams, Email Solicitations, Email Demands
Pat Dickson - Tue Jul 30, 2013 @ 10:00AM
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I've lately been thinking a lot about email scams, solicitations, and demands. It started when I received an email purporting to involve a complaint filed against me with the Better Business Bureau (BBB). I was almost duped. The complaint was not real. It was an email scam.

You need to be cautious whenever you receive an email from anyone which involves any of the following three matters, just to name a few. It could be a trick to steal from you. Even if you recognize the sender's email address, it may still be fake. There are ways to make fake emails look like they are originated from trusted and recognized sources.

1. An email money making or business opportunity

Always first assume any email claiming you've just won a prize or have been selected for a business opportunity is fake, or it is a trick to steal money from you. Make this assumption especially if your receipt of the questionable email is the first contact you've ever had with the sender.

It just isn't very likely you've somehow been singled out for an incredible million dollar sweepstakes, or an opportunity to make $5,000 per week working from home.

It really isn't plausible that you have somehow become an unknown person's best choice for handling a large amount of money on their behalf, thus entitling you to earn a large commission. In such a case, more than likely, you'll be asked to provide your bank account information so an alleged large sum can be deposited into your account. The trick will be on you. The money will never come into your account. Your money will be stolen from your account instead. After all, you made it possible by giving out too much information about your bank account. Be especially wary when these emails come from persons allegedly overseas.

The bottom line is that real, money making opportunities don't just pop into your email account. Real opportunities are almost always introduced to you in person, by someone you know. And of these opportunities, many are still very dangerous and risky!

So to play it safe and to avoid being ripped off by an email scam, always remember the following three things in responding to an email "business" or "money-making opportunity." In fact, don't reply if you don't know the sender, just delete the email and forget about it. If they really need to find you they can call you on the phone. Nevertheless;

*Never email any of your personal information

*Never pay the sender any money

*Essentially, give them nothing

2. An email demand or a threat for you to take any action

As long as you don't acknowledge receipt of an email in any way, an email has no authority to make you do anything or pay anything. In almost all, if not all situations I can comprehend, your receipt of an email alone, whatever it is demanding of you, has no binding or legal authority over you. An email alone, so long as you don't respond to it or acknowledge receipt, has no power to make you do anything.

Why? At least in the United States, you are not subject to anyone's demands for money or for you to take action unless one of the following first happens:

*You are arrested

*You are served with a warrant, complaint, or subpoena

*A court action has been filed against you and a judgment entered

*You have acknowledged receipt of a cause of action of any kind, or a demand of any kind, or you have admitted fault or an obligation (which in some cases may be via email).

In other words, an email (unconfirmed receipt) alone has no power to take any money from you or to make you do anything. At worst, an email may only be a means for informing you that you have something like a judgment or warrant against you.

3. An email request for personal information

I am being redundant in bringing up this point, as it was discussed above, but as a rule, never give out any personal information through email. This includes your bank account information, your credit card numbers, your social security number, your driver's license information, your medical information, or anything of the like. The exception is when you know the person you are dealing with, they are honest, legitimate, and can be trusted.

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