3 Scams To Watch Out For in Your Inbox

Hey, everybody. It’s Christina Hawkins, with GlobalSpex Internet Marketing, and I want to talk to you about some of the recent scams that have been coming through, worrying my customers a little bit. So I want to tell you a little bit about those and what you can do about them.

Okay, so the first scam that I’m noticing, and these people are just downright awful, not only that, but they’re, I don’t want to call them smart, but goodness, they’re starting to really … I don’t know the word. I mean, I feel like even for me, I’m used to seeing these all the time. I’m so hesitant now to any email that I get because they’re just getting so good at this. So these are three scams that I found just in the past couple of months. And one thing for sure in any of these things is to make sure you just don’t click any of the links.

The ‘You Stole My Images’ Scam

All right, so the first scam that I’m noticing is this person who is going around thinking that they are a professional photographer, and you have taken her photos and she wants you to click this link, and she’s going to sue you, and all these horrible, horrible things. It’s not true. Now, if you’re a customer of ours, our photos are stock photos. Is it the best option for now? Yes. Until you can have your own photos, we use stock photos. I’m so scared to not use any photos that we don’t own or are licensed to us, that any photos that you do send to us, I actually do take some time, and I look at them, and I’ve had some clients, they didn’t know, and they sent us some photos that they found off of Google or somewhere. And we’re just really, really careful about that kind of stuff. So when I get these emails, I’ve had so many clients say, “Oh my God, Christina, what’s happening?” It’s fake. It’s not real. She wants you to click the link. Don’t click the link.

The ‘I Hope You Accept My Request To Take Over Your GMB’ Scam

All right, so the second one that I’m getting personally is Google My Business emails, wanting to claim my account. I don’t know if you’re getting these. I went onto Google My Business help, and I can see that I’m not the only one. But I do want to warn you, as a customer, you might be getting these. Do not click the link. Just delete these. You should not be getting these. If you own this, you own this. Somebody else can not be claiming this account. And it’s Google My Business. It’s the one that shows up for your maps. It’s got your reviews. That’s something that you just, you’re not going to let anybody claim, so you can allow somebody to manage it somewhat if you’ve hired an agency if you’ve got a new employee that’s going to be doing some of this management for you. But by then, you would know this person. Their name is going to be in there and you’re going to recognize them. So just delete these, delete, delete, delete.

All right. I think what they’re trying to do is people that maybe haven’t claimed it, or they don’t recognize what this is about, and so they’re just hoping and praying that you’re just going to accept this request. So just be forewarned. Don’t click it.

The ‘Fake Website Form Notifications’ Scam

The third one and this one’s a scary one. We have a customer that was getting these spam notifications. Now, normally when you have somebody come into a website, they fill out these forms, and we do everything we can to make sure the bots can’t fill them out. So we have little captchas at the bottom. We’ve got little bot detectors in the back end. We’ve got spam detectors. And he’s like, “I’m getting just bombarded with these.” And we’re looking at this like we don’t see the entries. Where is this coming from? Where are these notifications coming from? We thought maybe we turned off [inaudible 00:03:51] the privacy and every time you send them out, they just get deleted. But nope, they were there. We tested it. I can see our entries are in there.

So where is he getting these from? So now I’m digging deeper, and I’m looking at the subject, and I’m looking at the to. I’m like, hold on a second. The to, the person that the notification, the email that’s being sent to, is not the email that we have in our system. And so when I look at the notifications, it’s not the same thing. And we made a slight change to the notification, and sure enough, that’s when we were like, this is somebody that is faking these notifications. I mean, anybody can create a notification form and put any email as the to and send these out. So this is a little scary.

What we did then is we changed a little bit. And so anytime that he’s getting this with this specific subject line it’s being filtered out, so he just doesn’t see them. So again, guys, just be really careful out there. If you get these spam emails, even if it comes from a notification, just don’t click those links. Don’t click anything.

I just wanted to bring you guys’ attention to three scams that are going out there. Everybody be careful and just watch yourself, and have a great day.

Thanks so much. Bye.

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Christina Hawkins

Since 1999, Christina has been designing and building exceptional websites. With many years of experience in creating thousands of websites, she understands the need for continuing education in her field and, therefore, is constantly learning and teaching others about internet marketing and digital processes. Christina has honed her digital marketing and graphic design skills so that she can help B2B industries get their message out to their target audience in the right way. In addition to her ability as a digital marketer, Christina serves as a coach and mentor with WPElevation to other digital marketing freelancers, helping them grow their businesses. She is a sponsor and co-leader of Houston's WordPress Meetup. Recently, she spear-headed the next Houston WordCamp 2020 as its coordinator after a 10 year hiatus and became the Houston Interactive Marketing Association Director of Technology.

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