I just received a scam e-mail and thought it would be a good time to remind you what of some things to look for when identifying a scam. In the example below there are several clues.
- The from address is not a ppa.com address even though the name is "ppa.com support."
- Note the mispelled words in red. Many of these scams originate outside the US and obvious typos can be a sign.
- The link in the message does not go to ppa.com. Anytime a link goes to a site you don't recognize, it is probably best to avoid it.
- There is no physical address and phone number at the bottom of the e-mail. Most legitimate e-mails will have contact info and a postal address somewhere at the bottom.
From: ppa.com support [email@example.com]
This e-mail was send by ppa.com to notify you that we have temporanly prevented access to your account.
We have reasons to beleive that your account may have been accessed by someone else. Please run this file and Follow instructions:
If you are ever uncertain about an e-mail that seems to be coming from PPA, contact our service center at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 800-786-6277.