How to Protect Yourself From Email Fraud

Email has very quickly become one of the most effective methods for people to communicate with each other. This has dramatically changed the way we communicated either through personal or business purposes. Now with the advent of electronic communications, we no longer have to rely on communicating via the mail or by telephone. With email, communication has been revolutionized with quick, inexpensive and efficient communication with others. However, while email has quickly become the preferred method of communication for businesses as well as individuals, it is not without potential risks.

Email can be a great vehicle for instantly communicating information, ideas, thoughts and much more for individuals and companies. However, one of the concerns that people have is whether the email you receive is a valid email. While the vast majority of the communication we receive by email is legitimate, it's the small amount of questionable email that we receive that you need to be concerned with.

One of the biggest problems we face is that of email and Internet fraud. Basically email fraud is when an email is sent by someone who makes a false claim. The purpose of this type of email would be to con the recipient into acting in a way that can result in a loss of money. Email fraud is becoming one of the biggest problems that people currently face online. While laws are in place protecting people from becoming victims of the scam, the key is being aware of potential dangers and to avoid being a victim.

To help learn more about the dangers of email fraud and how to prevent being a victim, we have gathered a number of helpful links. Be safe!

  • What is email Fraud? – Informative page which outlines what email fraud is and why it is dangerous.

  • Email Fraud – Article from the New York Times which provides information on what makes email fraud work.

  • Definitions – Useful article which lists a number of common definitions related to online fraud.

  • Internet Fraud – Helpful definition of what is commonly referred to as Internet fraud.

  • Internet Hoaxes - Information and definition of the legal description of an Internet hoax.

  • What is an email Hoax? – Web page which outlines the different kinds of email hoaxes.

  • Email Phishing Scams – Information on Phishing including examples and how to prevent being a victim.

  • Common Fraud Scams – Informative site from the FBI which gives an overview of typical fraud schemes.

  • Email Frauds – Article which lists several common varieties of email fraud attempts.

  • Email and Text Fraud – Helpful page with information on what to look for in possible fraudulent emails and texts.

  • Fraud and Phishing Resources – Useful page with information for consumers about email fraud.

  • Frauds and Scams - Overview of the various types of online and email frauds and scams that consumers need to be aware of.

  • Email Frauds - Useful page which provides information on email frauds and other online dangers.

  • Danger of Email Scams – Helpful article which contains an overview of possible email scam dangers.

  • Email Dangers – Article providing tips and suggestions on how to avoid email dangers.

  • Potential Risks – Information on potential risks associated with email and the Internet and how to avoid them.

  • Email Risks – Kid-friendly information for children informing them of email risks.

  • Email Risks – Page of legal information from an employers point of view about the potential risks with email.

  • CAN-SPAM Act – Informative page from the FTC about laws that businesses should follow regarding emails.

  • Email Privacy Laws – Overview of some of the laws pertaining to protecting consumers through email.

  • Email Privacy Act – Useful page which looks at a 2013 law for email privacy.

  • Email Privacy – Web page which looks at the legal issues involved with email privacy.

  • Privacy in the Workplace – Overview of the issues of email in the workplace.

  • Spam Messages – Informative page from the FCC about how to stop unwanted text and email messages.

  • Preventing Fraudulent Communication – Useful page with information about how consumers can prevent being a victim.

  • Fraud Protection Tips - Information and suggestions for consumers on how to be protected from fraud.

  • Fight Fraud – Overview of several fraud activities and how to prevent being a victim.

  • Fraud Prevention - Informative web site with information about fraud, how to prevent being a victim and how to file a complaint if you are a victim.

  • Prevent Internet Fraud – Article with ten suggestions on how to prevent fraud.

  • Preventing Fraud – Helpful tips for consumers on how to prevent Internet fraud.

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