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Ten Ways to Recognize Email Scams

July 12, 2010

As real estate agents, we are constantly trying to market ourselves and build our network to generate leads. This involves putting our contact information (including our email addresses) out there for the world to see. Unfortunately though, this can cause us to get an annoyingly high number of email spams and scams. Here are a ten tips on how to recognize these pesky (but sometimes tempting) emails:

10.        It sounds to good to be true. If the claim seems unbelievable, it probably is.

9.    There are a lot of contact links. When every paragraph has a new contact link, the odds are it’s going to be a disappointment.

8.    There are “secret” formulas and ideas. When it tries to generate a response from you without actually disclosing any real information, it’s a red flag that there is no real information.

7.    It requests your credit card without Pay Pal (or similar protection). Be especially careful of the scammers who want to bill your card $ 1.00 for an introductory offer.

6.    Any promotion that portrays a “rags to riches” story. These are almost always false.

5.    Giveaways. Free gifts of electronics are popular scams.

4.    Money back guarantees. These rarely payoff.

3.   Government grant offer. The Obama era has given these scammers new life.

2.   All drug sales at a big discount are likely fake.

1.   And the number one way to recognize an email scam: any email from Nigeria!!

2 Comments leave one →
  1. July 14, 2010 4:49 am

    Terrific work! This is the type of information that should be shared around the web. Shame on the search engines for not positioning this post higher!


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    August 5, 2010 6:10 pm

    this post is very usefull thx!


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