Always Remember, if it sounds too good to be true, it is. Ignore those emails.
- If you do get a suspicious email, look for typos, misspellings, missing logos, and poor quality graphics. Legitimate organizations take pains to make their online and email appearances look professional.
- The email will often try to create a sense of urgency – “Buy now, limited supply!” or “click here for information on how to get it now.” Avoid these “Act Now” emails.
- When purchasing items online, be sure the website is secure (look for the lock or HTTPS in the address line. The “S” stands for “secure”).
- If you think the email is legitimate, and want more information, do NOT click the links provided. As a best practice, always go to the website by typing in the address (URL) directly. If it is legitimate, the email content can be found on the website without the use of the link.
- Beware of requests for personally identifiable information – PII (date of birth, social security number, bank accounts, etc.) − legitimate government agencies will not ask you for this information in email or when logging into websites.