CHICAGO (CBS) — A CBS 2 viewer contacted us about a suspicious email that almost cost her big time. Morning Insider Tim McNicholas shows us the red flags so you can stay scam-free.
“It scared me that I fell for it initially,” Brenda Clark said.
Clark knows a thing or two about money after spending 20 years in the banking industry. That includes the tricks that fraudsters use to scam you out of your hard-earned money.
Then she got a frightening email.
“They got me with the fear of having money debited from my account,” she said.
The suspicious email warned she’d be charged $200 for a Norton Security software subscription.
“It was an emotional grab,” she said.
With $200 at stake, she panicked; even though these scammers aren’t good spellers, misspelling valuable. The message also came from a Gmail address, even though it supposedly came from Norton.