Stop The Scammers! DON'T CLICK ON THE LINKS!

Ok, so I know this is supposed to be Steve having a Rant, but today it's my turn!!!

Who else is OVER the number of Dodgy and Scamming Emails that land in their Inbox?  

This morning I had one from the Federal Courts of Australia telling me I'd been subpoenaed to appear in Court - WHAT THE???  Pretty sure I wasn't spotted riding my pushbike without a helmet..... Or maybe I was overhead telling someone that I wanted to put the kids up for auction on Ebay (well to be fair - it is School Holidays!!!!)

Firstly - how good are these guys getting?  They had the logo, the correct wording - even a Case file number- I could feel my mouse hovering over the "Click for more details" link that had been put in there.  But somewhere in the back of my mind the words SCAMMERS, VIRUS INJECTORS, DODGY NIGERIANS.... started appearing.  And then I started to wonder how many people do these tricky bastards get - how many end up with a dreaded "Virus" or worse - their computers "Held for Ransom".

So I thought I'd pass on my Tips of how to tell if an email is legit or a scam.

  1. Firstly - check the FROM email address. Don't click on it, just move your mouse and hover over it. You may need to click on the arrow next to it so that it appears.  What does the email address end in. eg.  If the Federal Court of Australia email had been legit, the email would have ended in their domain name - [email protected] NOT [email protected]  This is the easiest way to check on an email.  All legitimate businesses have their own domain name, and will have email addresses attached to this.  Although I've seen some getting tricky with this as well, eg [email protected] - DON'T FALL FOR IT.  Paypal's domain is paypal.com, or paypal.com.au - they will not include another word infront of the domain name.

  2. Check the written English. If you really read the email, quite often you'll find parts that don't sound right, ie it's been written by someone that doesn't have English as their first language and the grammar is all wrong, kind of like pigeon English. (NOTE: Steve's just reminded me here that his grammar isn't always correct either LOL).
  3. If there is a Link (usually a word or sentence in another colour) included, you can once again HOVER over it - DO NOT CLICK ON IT.  Just wait for your mouse to show you what the web address is behind the link - the one I got this morning was along these lines: http://allison-mack.ru/zya..... etc  Hmm, now instantly I know that any domain that has a .ru in it means it's a Russian address - certainly not from the Australia Federal Courts!!!  If you're ever unsure of where the email has come from, you can google parts of the domain name and see what comes up.  I googled Allison Mack Russia, and shock horror it's either a porn site or a Russian Bride site!  Here's a quick excerpt from GoDaddy explaining what a Top Level Domain is: 

Go Daddy's TLD Explanation

Go Daddy's TLD Explanation


And then I got to thinking - WOW how many of you don't click on any links within emails because we've all become paranoid - and obviously with a reason to be?

Well, hopefully, now that you have my tips you might be able to tell the good from the bad - although it hasn't stopped my Mum from clicking on things!!!  Her comment:  Oh Penny, as if Telstra would let someone 'bad' send me something?  Yep, she also believes that the Government only has our best interests at heart!!!!  Ok - we're not doing Politics - that can be another day.

In summary - WE WILL NEVER SEND YOU A DODGY LINK.

And on another note, a BIG Apology for the lack of Tips over the last 2 months.  We've been super busy working on some more mini online workshops, the first of which will be available in a few weeks and is designed to make you extra cash in your plumbing business in as little as 30 days.

And the other project we've been working on is a new set of Plumbing Price Books, where you get to set them up yourselves online!  Stay tuned for this one....