Tips to Identify a Scam Email

Scam emails, also known as phishing emails, often feature the following:

  • Legitimate company logos and return addresses,
  • Phone numbers such as 1-800 numbers.
  • Will use real employee names from a company
  • Emails addresses and websites will use similar variation of the company’s website or email address

Small Changes to websites and email addresses:  This is usually the first and best tip-off that something is not legitimate.

Email Example:

  • Legit:  jade@schlesingergroup.com
  • Fraud:  jade@schlesingergrp.com (group truncated)

Mouse over a hyperlink to see actual address vs what is displayed, hyperlink example:

Spelling and grammar:  If you’re looking at an email with a lot of spelling or grammatical errors, it may be a scam.

  • Legit:  “It has come to our attention that your account may need to be updated”
  • Fraud:  “It has come to our attentions that you’re accoutns has need to be updated”

Mass mailings:  If you receive an email and there are a ton of other recipients listed in the “to” or “cc” fields, chances are it’s a scam.

Punctuation or overuse of CAPS:  Beware of emails that try to get your attention by using all capital letters, especially in the subject line.  Over-the-top emotional content or messages of dire warnings may be a scam.

  • Legit:  “You’re Invited: Shopping research happening Between 18-Jan-2018 and 22-Jan-2018”
  • Fraud: “URGENT RESEARCH!!!!!  MUST RESPOND IMMEDIATELY!!!!!!”

Receiving money unprompted:   Payments are usually provided after you have completed a task.  If you are receiving a payment without any prior knowledge or approval, this is most likely a scam.

Here is an example of a recent scam that used our name and logo and highlights some of the tips above.  If you have received something similar, it is not validScanned

One final tip: Don’t respond to a spam emailBy doing so, you confirm that your email account is active and could receive even more spam as a result.

If you are unsure of an email’s authenticity and it appears to be from Schlesinger Group or Inspired Opinions, forward the email to help@inspiredopinions.com and we will provide confirmation of the validity.

Posted by Inspired Opinions

15 Comments

  1. Judy M Bartley April 24, 2018 at 2:42 pm

    I was recently caught up in this scam, the guy texted me from a number 305-204-3694 said his name was David McKenzie from Schlesinger group and informed me I had a shop coming to me in the mail and to look out for it. When I received the mail, enclosed was a check stating that all was taken care of for this job, and I just needed to deposit the check in my account and purchase the Itunes gift cards from an authorized retailer. And I deposited it in my account, $2990.00 and since my bank is good about fraud alerts, I only ended up out $900 after all was said and done, but being I am on a fixed income and a disabled veteran this makes it hard for me to support my household and get my bills paid.

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  2. Unfortunately I wasn’t so lucky. Just lost $2600 today in Apple gift cards. I figured it out about two hours after I sent them everything. They’re still waiting on an iTunes card that’ll never arrive. We’re closing on a house, this hurts, but karma takes care of everything. We’ll be ok, but we’re in disbelief that we fell for it. Moving on….

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  3. Richard McGinley March 19, 2018 at 8:54 pm

    Unbelievable ! I too received a $2,985.00 check, from the phony Schlesinger company ! I also deposited this check in my Credit-union account, on a Wednesday. My CU even said the check looked legitimate & everything. And they said it’ll take 3-days to “Clear”. So by Friday the funds should be abailable. And of course my CU being so trusting, allowed $400 of the newly $2,985.00 deposited check to be available immediately. Again, this was on Wednesday. By Saturday, I checked my account via ATM, and the $400 was still avIlable. And because of this check, my balance had increased by $2,985.00. It was VERY tempting to w/draw the initial $400 via the ATM I was at. But, that little honest voice inside my head said to “LEAVE IT ALONE”. Ha ! Ha ! So, I left it alone ! And sure enough, Monday came, and I assume that my CU did their check into the $2,985.00 check & its funds, and found out that the check & funds were bogus, so they got rid of the check & removed the $2,895.00 from my account ! I have yet to call my CU to find out what happend exactly. This all happend over the w-end. And I checked my acct late Monday, (Today) again, using an ATM. It was too late to call my CU. So I’ll call them tkmorrow (Tuesday) to find out the details. What a shame that there are sooo many super-dishonest people out there. So, a small part of me wanted that check to be real. But ya know that old saying & rule of thumb….”If it seems to good to be true…..ya damn right its NOT TRUE” !!! AND THERES NO EXCEPTIONS TO THAT RULE !

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  4. I received the exact letter in the mail with a check in the amount of $2,980. I did deposit the check in my bank and wait for it to clear but they put a stop payment on it. I was truly excited to become a secret shopper and it looked legit after I googled the company. Thank goodness I didn’t do anything and begin any of the tasks it wanted me to do.

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    1. I ALSO RECIEVED THE EXACT SAME CHECK, BUT HAVE NOT YET DEPOSITED IT INTO MY ACCT. I HAVE BEEN HESITANT FOR A FEW DAYS NOW AND WILL NOT BE DEPOSITING THIS CHECK AFTER READING THIS.

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  5. Thank you guys I cant believe people go this far like how would they even receive money from this scam, mmmmm maybe to get all of your information crazy!!!!! thanks Schlesinger (Inspired Opinions)

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  6. Thank you for the Heads up , truly appreciated .

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  7. Betty Ling Thank you so much for the information. I love Schlesinger and would hate to be duped by a phony, Appreciate the info..

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  8. Thank you so very much for sharing this vital information with us. I’m going to share it with my family.

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  9. I will now be watching for them armed with this valuable information. Thank you so much!

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  10. THANK YOU FOR THE GREAT INFORMATION. I ALWAYS WONDERED ABOUT HOW TO SPOT A SCAM EMAIL. THANKS AGAIN!

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  11. Thank you so much for doing this!

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  12. thanks for this very valuable information. This will help me better filter my inbox.

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  13. I recently received one that was supposed to be from Wells Fargo!! Looked legitimate, even down to clicking on the security site!

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  14. Thank you, for the lesson I think this makes me think before I act

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