Pop Quiz: Legit email or scam?

Misbehaving threat.

You’d think by now that people wouldn’t fall for email scams. Unfortunately that’s not the case. So the flood of crap to the inbox is worse than ever before.

It gets annoying that seemingly smart people have such a hard time figuring out not to reply to, click through to, or open email attachments from people they don’t know.

Here’s another real example I was asked to verify if it was legit.

Example email scam

Ask yourself…

  • Did you request this information from the company? = NO
  • Have you ever heard of the company? = MAYBE
  • Does the email have awkward grammar and spelling errors? = YES (particularly in the second paragraph)
  • Does it ask for too much Personally Identifiable Information (PII)? = YES
  • Is the offer too good to be true? = YES

The answer is…

IT’S A SCAM.

While this unusually was well written, the blatent tell was that the sender’s email domain doesn’t match the company mentioned. Plus “Ortho” implies a medical/health related business, not mystery shopping.

Before clicking on any links or replying, you can try visiting the domain name to see if there’s a hint of legitimacy. Below is the website used as the sender. Most likely the email was spoofed and the legitimate website owner doesn’t even know about it.

Website example

By | 2016-10-21T14:55:32+00:00 July 31st, 2014|Categories: All, How To|Tags: , |Comments Off on Pop Quiz: Legit email or scam?

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