One of our featured artists reminded me that when she first saw our offer, she thought it was a scam.
She thought it was too good to be true! She thought that having her art and studio on TV in 13 countries and 7 platforms was too hard to believe.
I thought I would research how to spot an email scam.
How to spot a fake email! CHECKLIST
Using the checklist below, learn how to quickly identify potential email phishing scams.
If you answer yes to any of the following questions, the email you just opened may well be a scam.
- Is the email from someone you do not know personally, or communicate with normally?
- Is the person (known or not) asking for something unusual, issues related to an online account or password, or otherwise acting out of character?
- Is the sender’s email address from a suspicious sounding domain? (i.e. @micro-softsupport.com, @paypal-security.net)
- Were you CC’ed on an email with some other people you do not know?
- Does the subject line seem irrelevant, not make sense, or not match the content of the email?
- Is the email a reply to a message you never sent?
- Did the email come at an odd time, like 2:00 am?
- Is the sender asking you to click on a link or open an attachment?
- Does the email contain a .zip or other executable file?
- When you hover over any links within the email, does it show a different link than what is contained within the body of the email?
- Does the email contain a link, but no other information?
- Is the link to a well-known website, but spelled incorrectly and somewhat suspicious looking? (i.e., paypal.paymentsnow.com, bankofamericacom.net)
- Is the sender stating something bad will happen if you do not click the link, or that there is extreme value in clicking the link?
- Does the email contain poor grammar or spelling mistakes?
- Is the sender warning you that they found inappropriate content or images of you online?
- Is your gut or “Spidey Sense” trying to tell you something…
Once you have gone through the checklist, and if you feel the email is a phishing attempt, delete the email right away.
If you think the email is legitimate, but you’re still concerned, then follow these steps:
- Do a Google search for the company name that the email has come from.
- Visit their website and look for a phone number or email address.
- Call or email the business and ask them to verify the information within the email.
- If you know the sender, call the person and confirm they sent the email
This information has been copied with gratitude from https://www.netcetera.ca/identify-email-scam/
Colour in Your Life is not a scam. We just have a huge global reach from years of hard work and perseverance.
We love seeking new artists to film and join our growing community.
Being on the Colour in Your Life TV shows means being in front of millions of people on TV screens in 13 different countries in addition to stacks of online platforms!
There is simply no other marketing platform like us. Are you ready to be one of our fabulous artists?
We are now accepting applications.
Or send an email directly and we’ll give you a call. email@example.com
I look forward to chatting with you. :)