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Do you respond to an email from an unknown person requesting personal information?

What trouble could it lead to?

Published by Total AV Security Labs

If you received an email in which someone promises you a fabulous fortune just for doing something which is almost no trouble, they usually need some information from you.
Nigerian scams, Lottery scams and many other types of fraudulent emails request you to send personal identifiable information, and sometimes even a bank account, in order to transfer you large amounts of money.

Use your common sense and think always that if something is too good to be true, then it is usually a fake or a fraud.

Nobody will ever give you with good will some money just for being intermediate.

There are always strings attached and even if the action is not a scam, it is definitely illegal.

Sometimes these emails are pretending to be from your bank and you are asked to validate something in order to be allowed to retrieve an amount of money, to participate to a survey, register for winning a prize, or whatever.
Always remember that a bank will never ask you to validate your identity via email. They know already who you are!

Phishing attempts on the other side, don’t know who you are and require you to enter financial information in order to be able to get some money from your bank account.

Never respond to unsolicited emails that pretend to come from a prestigious institution!