How To Protect Yourself From Email Scams In One Simple Step

Simple. Free. I guarantee you can do this.

Life has vastly improved through technology and will continue to do so in the future.

We can instantly share our life with family a thousand miles away. Or become an armchair coach of our favourite sports team from pretty much anywhere.

But as with all good things it has also made someone elses life easier. The scam artist, the type of person who wants to exploit an opportunity for their own benefit. Just like everyone else, they also no longer have to face their scam victims, they can be as remote as an Internet connection will allow them to be.

So without further ado, here is my #1 advice of avoiding being caught in an email scam. The same scam avoidance strategy can apply to phone calls as well.

Email and general scams work because they target something which each of one has, our emotions. Anger, shame, fear, greed - scam emails are crafted to trigger an emotional response from us. The more primal the better because that kicks you into action without thinking through what you are doing.

If you find yourself being the recipient of an email which triggers you into an emotion then I highly advise that you set that email aside and come back to it later once the surge of brain chemicals has calmed. And if it really bothers you then ask a friend for help, because it may not trigger them at all. Trust me, you are not the only person to ever get a "I have been watching you" or "I see the websites you have been going to" or "I am an agent of the CRA and you owe us money" kind of email - I can let you know right now, these are automated and not real.

Scams emails are sent to trigger us to react quickly, without thinking, and try to force us to avoid the "or else" scenario. You know, to avoid sharing your website history with friends or family, to avoid the police because you owe CRA money. They all lead to the exact same resolution - the transfer of money our of your pocket into someone elses.

So if you find yourself reading an email supposedly sent by the lawyer of a prince from a remote corner of the world who has no descendants and wants to leave you their inheritance - remember the following words... if it's too good to be true, then it probably is.

Protect yourself from email scams