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Internet Email Scams

The 5 most Popular Internet Email Scams to Avoid

More and more people are using the Internet for emailing, surfing, and searching. Those who are innocent of the scams tend to be easy victims. .

The Nigerian scam is infamous. The scammer is said to be from Nigeria and is looking for a partner overseas because of a very large amount of money worth up to US$ 21 million for transfer. During correspondence, the scammer will request payment from the victim for legal fees though there will be no money transfer that will happen. The scam preys upon the emotions of innocent and compassionate victims

An email that requires an advance fee for an approved credit card loan is definitely a scam. No credit card company will demand money during sign-up for a loan. People who re- ceive such emails should remember that no credit card compa- nies require a loan application before approving a loan.

Lottery email scams are also one of the frequent spammers of email accounts. These scams are easily identifiable because they require payment of a processing fee before allowing col- lection of the winnings.

Phishing emails are also very popular and dangerous. They can obtain passwords and even credit card details from unsus- pecting Internet users just be sending a seemingly legitimate email from a reputable entity such as a credit card company. It steals a persons identity by redirecting them to a fake websitewhere they are requseted to enter credit card details and Personal Identification Numbers (PIN).

Overpayment scams are Internet email scams that exploit the desire of a person to make a sale online. The buyer of the item on sale is supposedly located overseas. He promises to pay more than the selling price if the seller will send him money to pay the supposed international fees of customs first.

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