A break in our usual writerly discussions today – I saw a disturbing segment on The Today Show about a scam has the potential to catch us all. Scammers send you an innocent-looking email, you click on a link, and they have instant access to your email and Facebook passwords as you type them. From there, they get to work emailing all your friends from your accounts asking for money. And your friends? Some of them are all too eager to help.
It stands to reason that you shouldn’t click on any link from an unknown email sender, but it bears repeating. Also, if a friend approaches you via email asking for money to get back from England or anywhere, make a quick check to see if that friend isn’t sitting right where you’d expect him or her to be.
One that nearly caught me was the person calling to offer me a free Yellow Pages listing. He wanted to verify my information. Something didn’t seem right, so I begged off. Then a few hours later, another woman with a thick accent called for the same reason. Four calls and two days later and yes, I was sure it was a scam.
Any scams you’re aware of?