FBI Warning - Safety tips to avoid Scams and Internet Fraud
Several warnings and an excellent list of best practices can be found in the link below:
FBI Warning - Electronic Scam Warnings and Best Practices for Avoidance
BEST PRACTICES TO AVOID BEING SCAMMED:
* A federal statute prohibits mailing lottery tickets, advertisements, or payments to purchase tickets in a foreign lottery.
* Be leery if you do not remember entering a lottery or sweepstakes.
* Beware of lotteries or sweepstakes that charge a fee prior to delivering your prize.
* Be wary of demands to send additional money as a requirement to be eligible for future winnings.
BEST PRACTICES TO AVOID FRAUD:
* Do not respond to unsolicited (spam) e-mail.
* Do not click on links contained within an unsolicited e-mail.
* Be cautious of e-mail claiming to contain pictures in attached files, as the files may contain viruses. Only open attachments from known senders. Scan the attachments for viruses if possible.
* Avoid filling out forms contained in e-mail messages that ask for personal information.
* Always compare the link in the e-mail with the link to which you are directed and determine if they match and will lead you to a legitimate site.
* Log directly onto the official website for the business identified in the e-mail, instead of “linking” to it from an unsolicited e-mail. If the e-mail appears to be from your bank, credit card issuer, or other company you deal with frequently, your statements or official correspondence from the business will provide the proper contact information.
* Contact the actual business that supposedly sent the e-mail to verify if the e-mail is genuine.
* If you are asked to act quickly, or there is an emergency, it may be a scam. Fraudsters create a sense of urgency to get you to act quickly.
* Verify any requests for personal information from any business or financial institution by contacting them using the main contact information.
Remember if it looks too good to be true, it probably is.