Protecting Yourself From Scams

Megan Downum

Every day you get flooded with emails, but how do you tell if one is really from your boss or the bank? Scam emails are becoming an everyday occurrence, and no matter how much spam filtering you have, scammers are always going to be one step ahead and things are always going to get through. Below are two steps to help you navigate being able to differentiate scam emails versus legitimate emails:

  • Senders Email: Anyone can open a new email address and say their name is your boss, a colleague, or even use your name. What they often cannot do though is to mimic the actual email address. When you see an email, after the sender’s name, the email address is listed in <>.
    Example: From: Mr. Big Bossman
    When looking at emails, especially ones that may seem a little off, make sure you check the actual email address they are sending from, not just the name.
  • Always double check requests: Scam emails almost always contain a request, whether that be something like buying Amazon gift cards and sending the scammer the codes, to changing banking information, to logging into fake sites to gain your credentials. If the request is not something you were suspecting, reach out directly to whoever you believe sent the request. Do not reply to the email, but start a fresh new email, or call the person in question. If an email is asking you to log in somewhere because your account was compromised, reach out to the account or sign in without following the link in the email.
  • Not sure? That’s why we are here! Scammers get smarter and better every day. But do you know what they don’t have? M Cubed! We are here for you 24-7 if you ever need us to check an email. We are trained in spotting spam and can even test links to check and see if they are valid or not. Feel free to forward our team any emails you are not sure about, and we can let you know if they are safe or not.