Money’s tight and financial aid for students is slow in coming. For students in need of financial assistance a scam like this one is easy to fall for. But two big red flags tell you this is a scam.
Test Your Skills
You should be able to find at least two red flags that tell you this e-mail is fraudulent. Click on the picture below to see the answers, but try to find them yourself, first. If you find two, you have little to worry about. If you find fewer than two, consider practicing on some more of our spam scam examples.
Here are the red flags that show this is a scam:
- This email comes from an absurd email alias – reply-9zrsb5nq8vtf@TheGiveAReason.com It doesn’t even begin to sound legit? If you haven’t heard of the ‘organization’ or ‘company’ look it up in a search engine. Many scam sites aren’t even listed in the search results, or if it is, you can quickly see it’s bogus.
- Note: Always use a browser tool that identifies malicious websites for you – you simply will not be able to tell which sites are legitimate. I happen to use McAfee’s Site Advisor, but both Firefox and Internet Explorer have features you can use to alert you to malicious sites, and several other companies offer similar services.
- The entire body of the message has only one goal – to get you to click on the link – to take you to a malicious site. Never click on links in unsolicited email (and a good rule is never to click on a link period). Find the website yourself using a search engine – and read the note in #1 to do so safely.
If you need student aid, the smart choice is to search it out yourself.