Nearly every single time I check my email, I will see some sort of email scam or internet fraud scheme. Some of these scam emails are obviously fake, whereas others sometimes look quite real.
While many believe that email scams are something they would never fall for, they do exist for a reason.
Someone must be falling for them.
Someone must be losing money to them or scammers wouldn't be attempting to steal money and/or identities in the first place.
In fact, according to Ultrascan AGI, nearly $13 billion was taken from individuals just from the well-known Nigerian scam emails in 2013 alone. There are many other internet fraud schemes out there as well that account for billions more.
While I have never lost money to an email scam, I did almost fall for one around five years ago (see #3 below). I also witnessed many scam emails when we were trying to find a rental home recently, which you can read in my post Craigslist Scams I Encountered When Looking For A Rental Plus Real Scam Emails.
Below are several different scam emails that many are currently falling for. Continue reading at the end to learn about how to not become a victim of internet fraud as well. [Read more…]