Keeping your email safe
At SEG, we offer a range of resources to help keep you connected with other members of the society - but we also want to keep your information and identity safe.
Recently one of our members suffered an unwanted intrusion to his email account. If you were included in this members' contact list, you may have received an email from him with the subject heading "Sad News" and the following message:
I'm writing this with great grievance . I'm presently in Barcelona,Spain. with my Family for a short vacation and we're stuck...And really it was unannounced. We were attacked by four armed robbers on our way back to the hotel where we lodged.we were robbed and completely embarrassed.
All our cash,credit cards and cellphone were stolen. We've reported the incident to the embassy and the Police but to my dismay they seem not bothered...their response was just too casual.Our flight leaves in few hours but We've got to settle our bills before We're allowed to leave....Now am freaked out....Please I need you to loan some money,I promise to refund you as soon as I'm back home. All i need is $2,650 .. Please Let me know what you can do?Write me back so I can tell you how to get it to me."
Please do not respond to this message as it is merely an attempt to defraud you using identity theft.
How can I keep this from happening?
It can be difficult to trace the source of electronic identity theft, as the field of internet security changes every day. There are, however, a few steps you can take to keep yourself safe:
- use intricate passwords (including uppercase and lowercase letters, numbers, and special characters)
- never respond to an unexpected email or web site that asks for your personal information or account login details
- avoid logging into your email account from unfamiliar computers
What if it happens again?
If you receive any suspicious email from a member of SEG, please contact us immediately at firstname.lastname@example.org. We will take appropriate steps to protect our membership and assist affected members in recovering their email addresses.
You can read more about dealing with these sorts of scams – whether you are the victim or merely a recipient of a hijacker's email – at the following websites:
Other scams to watch out for
Your alarm bells should go off immediately if you receive any of the following types of emails:
- any email – from anyone – requesting that you provide financial or personal information.
This can include pleas for financial assistance, invitations to participate in investment activities or other initiatives for gain, particularly the famous "Nigerian" email scam.
- emails containing images or animated greeting cards,
Use caution with these types of emails, particularly around the holidays, and never click on a link when prompted to do so unless you are certain it has been sent by the sender it appears to be sent from.
- any unexpected email containing only a hyperlink!
As a general rule, you can keep your email safe from scams as long as you do not click a link, download an image, or open an attachment – but if an email looks particularly suspicious, don't even open it, but simply contact the sender by some other means (e.g. the phone) to ensure that he or she did in fact send the message.