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:
  • Fraud: (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”

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 and we will provide confirmation of the validity.

Posted by Inspired Opinions


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