General information on email *****
Many types of ***** exist, and email is an inexpensive and popular method for distributing fraudulent messages to potential victims. Most ***** is carried out by people obtaining access to account numbers and passwords. Never
respond to any message that asks you to send cash or personal information. You won't receive any riches, and you could actually get into legal trouble if you become involved with one of these scams.
Some of the most common fraudulent messages are non-monetary hoaxes
or non-monetary chain mail
. Treat these as you would spam
; for more, see What should I do when I get spam email?
However, if you receive an email message that appears to involve money, or asks for personal information, do not respond
Below you'll find information about various types of email *****. If you receive any of these types of messages, you can report them to the Federal Trade Commission. To do so, forward the message with full headers
to firstname.lastname@example.org. If a message of this type appears to come from a valid Indiana University address, forward it with full headers to the University Information Policy Office
(UIPO) at email@example.com.
The FBI and the US Postal Inspection Service, along with other partners, have launched a website to educate the public about Internet schemes and to provide a central place for consumers to file complaints. The site offers an interactive online ***** risk test that lets users measure online safety habits relating to identity theft, financial *****, Internet auctions, counterfeiting, lottery scams, and computer privacy. It also provides prevention tips, details on current cyber scams, consumer alerts, victim stories, and an opportunity to share stories of cyber *****. See Looks Too Good To Be True