Protect Yourself from Scams
- Don't believe in promises of large amounts of money as a reward for your cooperation. If something sounds too good to be true, it probably is.
- Don't give away your personal information to individuals/organizations you don't know and trust.
- Before answering an email you suspect to be a scam, contact other websites or companies to verify if you are dealing with a real scam.
- Be suspicious of people presenting themselves as Nigerian or African governmental officials asking for your financial help.
- Keep track of the contests and lotteries you enter.
- If you receive a call or an email telling you that you have won a prize, make the caller, respectively the sender, to give you as much details as possible regarding that particular situation.
If you are announced that you have won a prize, make sure you ask as much details as possible regarding other costs that sometimes are deliberately omitted (flight ticket, accommodation, etc).
- Even if you suspect to have received a scam, do not send an email requesting the sender to never contact you again. If you do that, you just confirm them they have found an active email address.
- Contact the company involved in the scam using a customer service number you may find in the phone book. Verify the company before responding the email.
Do not forget!
Banks never ask for your personal information in an email. In case you bank online, do not go to the bank's website via an email.
If something sounds too good to be true, then it probably is.