Received a Scam Mail ?

If you get an email that has one or more of any of the features mentioned in How to Spot a Scam Mail, do not reply the mail. Don’t try to play along. Don’t try to conduct your own personal investigations. Don’t try to see where this scam will lead or end. Don’t even start!

If you receive an unsolicited email that promises to make you very rich and sounds too good to be true, it is actually that: Too good to be true!

Always do some due diligence before getting into transactions with people you do not know. Contact the embassy of the home country of the person who sent you the mail or contact your country’s embassy in that person’s country to verify the legitimacy of the business proposal.

Ignore the plea for confidentiality; discuss the proposal with professionals like your banker, attorney, stockbroker, accountant, or financial adviser. Chances are high that the “deal” will fail a professional test.

Free Internet email services are committed to ending phishing. If you click on the reply button of the scam mail and the reply address is a free email service. Forward that mail with a complaint to “abuse@” wherever the mail came from; for example, abuse@yahoo.com, abuse@hotmail.com. Appropriate action will be taken by the service provider.

Where the scammer purports to represent a legitimate institution or business, do a simple Internet search – use google, yahoo, msn, netscape – for the real company’s website. Register a complaint at the authentic website and appropriate action will be taken to close down the phony website and warn other likely victims.