Most of us dream of hitting it big in a lottery, quitting our jobs, and retiring while still young enough to enjoy the finer things in life.
The moment the bad guy cashes your money order, you lose.Usually, by the time you realize you have been suckered by a con artist, they are long gone with your money.They will use your emotions and willingness to help against you.They will promise you a large cut of their business or family fortune.The emails frighten or entice you into clicking on a link that delivers you to the phony web page, where you can enter your ID and password.
A common ruse is an urgent need to "confirm your identity." The message will even offer you a story of how your account has been attacked by hackers to trick you into divulging your confidential information. Check a link's legitimacy by checking that the URL address of the link is sending you to a secure site—you'll know this because the link address will begin with https:// (note the "s" after http). If still in doubt, make a phone call to the financial institution to verify if the email is real.Email programs have improved by adding ways of recognizing bogus emails and flagging them before they get to you, but they're not perfect.The best way to avoid falling prey to a scam is to know what they look like.If only one in every thousand people falls for this scam, the scammers have won.This one involves an item you might have listed for sale such as a car, truck, or some other expensive item.You will never see any of the promised money because there isn’t any.