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Before the internet, we didn’t have to worry too much about scams landing in our home. These days, email scams are a common fact of life on the internet. Unfortunately many people still fall victim to a seemingly innocent email.
Many people are good natured and willing to give to charities. So when an email lands in his or her inbox claiming to be from a particular charity this good natured person does not think ill of it and, wanting to donate money, gets caught out in an email scam. Charity scams are designed to take advantage of such generous and good natured people. They prey on those who may not know that such things can exist as emails.
Charity scammers obtain cash from people by sending out a spam email to thousands of people. This email may seem legit. It may even have a link to an even more legitimate looking website. On this website a person will generally be asked to donate money with a credit card, and thus the scam begins. Many people have had thousands of dollars stolen this way.
If you receive any email from anyone you do not know it is a good idea to treat it with great caution. Even going as far as deleting emails from anyone you don’t know is not as silly as you think. Sometimes even just opening and email from an unknown sender will execute something called malware on your computer. This malware can track your internet usage and even collect personal data for the scammers. This includes internet banking passwords and other type of information.