Email scams are everywhere these days. It seems impossible to check your email without finding at least one scam thrown in. Sometimes it can be difficult to decipher a scam from an important message, so we’ve created a list of the top four email scams to watch out for in 2014.
- Royal Mail Group emails: If you receive an email from the Royal Mail Group, delete it immediately. If you do open it by mistake, do not click on any links as they are known to contain malware that will damage your computer’s hard drive.
- Unexpected pension notice emails: While these emails aren’t necessarily a scam, they usually charge such a high interest rate for getting your pension early that you are left with next to nothing. If you receive an email regarding your pension, be sure to read all of the small print before agreeing to anything.
- Phishing emails: Phishing emails may look legit, but they are really just pretending to be someone they aren’t. They will use templates that look exactly like well-known companies and ask for you to provide sensitive information. If you are ever asked to give personal information via email, be sure to do your research before responding.
- Un-requested job offer emails: As nice as it would be, legit companies don’t just send job offers out to random email addresses. If you get an email with a job offer that seems too good to be true, it probably is. They usually either want you to pay for your own training or overestimate how much money you can make working online.