Email scams in the form of a petition are a Huge scam. Prayer chains basically work the same way.
Municipalities and Congress Do Not accept email petitions.
They only accept petitions that have a signed signature and your full address.
I'm sure you're like me and have received a ton of these in your in basket. The truth is...
Does this sound familiar to you? This is a popular form of what is call "scam baiting".
I'm sure you've received these and probably passed many of these on.
I know I did, before I had knowledge about this scam.
Who knew what danger could be in store for you!
This will have an email tracker program attached that tracks the emails and cookies of everyone you forward to.
Another popular scam that can affect all of us at one time or another is jury duty scams.
These email scams take vigilance to stop, have become extremely dangerous and can involve some of the largest companies. You may already deal with one or more of them.
The emails we receive every day are loaded with this type of spam.
I have even received an email that looked like it was from my ISP (Internet Service Provider).
This scam will say they need to check on an amount that was charged to your account by accident.
Of course, the mistake can be rectified, if you will just send specific personal information to a particular email address.
There are numerous other scams that all work basically the same way. See more identity theft scams.
The common denominator is, they all want your personal information so you can be scammed and steal your credit, money and identity.
National White Collar Crime Center and the FBI have formed this partnership.
The complaints are channeled to the correct law-enforcement agencies.
Legal actions can also be taken against scammers by contacting your ISP.
See how vulnerable you are by taking the scam check quiz.
Protect yourself from email scams by installing security software. See identity theft software.