Have you ever received an email that looks like it’s from Google or Facebook, only to realize that – NOPE! – it’s a scam?! Happens all the time, happened to me TODAY in fact! If you’re not particularly tech or computer savvy, you may click inadvertently (or in haste) which could put you and your password and ultimately much of your information at risk.
Before clicking on ANYTHING I checked three things:
- From what email address did it originate?
- How’s their grammar?
- What is linked in their hyperlink?
If that email had really been from Google, it would not have originated from a funky email address, and the link to click would not be a tiny (see below). I believe that this account was hacked instead of plain ol’ spam, so I’m not going to show you. Suffice it to say that the email address was NOT from Google.
Did they spell everything correctly? The folks at Google and Facebook will always hopefully 😉 use proper grammar. Notice the random comma, and the “You are Advise” – just poor grammar all around. Yes, I’m a grammar nazi.
DO NOT CLICK THE LINK!
How do you know what the link takes you to without clicking it? Hover over the hyperlink with your mouse and in the bottom left of your computer screen, you’ll see the link that is behind.