Earlier this week I told you all about how I became a victim of email fraud. I almost paid $95 to obtain software that would allow me to work from home and essentially double my income. I trusted my mother and her source, and then I trusted the MSNBC website, but they all turned out to be bogus. Except for my mother, she’s not bogus.

After a little research from the Better Business Bureau’s website and the popular urban legend/misinformation internet resource site Snopes, I found that this company collects the fee from hundreds and thousands of people and then goes out of business, only to start again with a new name. The math is quite remarkable – get 2,000 people to hand over $95, now they’ve just made $190,000. The internet is a glorious world of information, but you must be careful with the information you choose to put out there. I didn’t think an email address and a zip code were exceptionally personal bits of information; after all both can be found on most business cards. It was the act of clicking on links within an email from an unknown source that got me in trouble.

Tips to Avoid Email/Internet Fraud:


To check for current internet scams and fraudulent businesses, visit:

www.fraud.org                                     home.mcafee.com/virusinfo                             www.bbb.org

www.hoax-slayer.com                         www.dhs.gov – search for ‘email hoax’           www.snopes.com

Information taken from:  https://www.fbi.gov/scams-and-safety

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