How to spot email scams quickly : there are so many unsolicited and/or malicious emails hitting inboxes, here is a refresher on good practices to protect yourself against online scams:

  1. How to identify a phishing email:
  • Generic email greetings
  • URLs that look deceptive and inauthentic
  • Wrong, out of date or out of place logos, design and type


  1. How to spot a fake email:
  • False sense of urgency
  • Attachments – You need to wary of attachments and would be wise to check with the sender. Most financial and government institutions rarely include an attachment and never software to an email.
  • If you aren’t sure if the email is authentic, call or log in/validate from the sender


  1. How to identify scams:
  • The promise of money in return for a favour
  • Notifications of lottery wins
  • Unsolicited job offers


Essentially a scam will “look too good to be true” and as the old saying goes, “then it probably is too good to be true”

Scams will often have one of  2 traits:

  1. They will provide something back to you before you lose the rest, like a pyramid scheme.
  2. They will take your initial money and disappear.


Always protect your identity and personal information, try not to provide the following over the phone or email but rather provide more securely if needed:

  • Your full name
  • Password
  • Driver’s license number
  • Email addresses
  • Bank account numbers
  • Credit and debit card number