How to catch email spam? Continue reading! : –
If you are trying to be a good consumer, you want to be good at catching any email spam in your inbox. Although email filters prevents many from coming into your email, it doesn’t always work!
Many e-mail spams are fairly sophisticated and hard to detect. However, there are signs to watch for. Common email spam contain the following:
Email spam uses incorrect grammar or odd phrasing. (Many of e-mail spams originate overseas and are written by non-native English speakers)
Email spam requests detailed or an unusual amount of personal and/or financial information, such as name, SSN, bank or credit card account numbers, or security-related information, such as mother’s maiden name, either in the e-mail itself or on another site to which a link in the e-mail sends the recipient.
Email spam uses a really long address in any link contained in the e-mail message or one that does not start with the actual IRS Web site address (http://www.irs.gov). The actual link’s address, or url, is revealed by moving the mouse over the link included in the text of the e-mail. Officially called phishing, it can seem legitimate but lures victims into providing personal and financial information. Once an email scammer obtain that information, they can commit identity theft or financial theft. The IRS does not initiate contact with taxpayers by email to request personal or financial information. This includes any type of electronic communication, such as text messages and social media channels. If you receive an unsolicited email that appears to be from the IRS, send it to email@example.com.
Email spam dangles bait to get the recipient to respond to the e-mail, such as mentioning a tax refund or offering to pay the recipient to participate in an IRS survey.
Email spam might threaten a consequence for not responding to the e-mail, such as additional taxes or blocking access to the recipient’s funds.
Email spam sometimes gets the Internal Revenue Service or other federal agency names wrong.
Email spam might impersonate charities to get money or personal information from well-intentioned people. They may even directly contact disaster victims and claim to be working for or on behalf of the IRS to help the victims file casualty loss claims and get tax refunds. Taxpayers need to be sure they donate to recognized charities.