Word of the Week: Scam

Word of the Week: Scam

Spam Email Asking for Money - One Solution

1 Easy Way to Stop Emails Asking for Money!

Which comes first? They take your money? Or, they send you spam?

Hmm, perhaps the answer depends on what we fell for! Let's go with the second choice and assume you received email spam asking for money. In a perfect digital world there wouldn't be spam email, but we won't see that happening anytime soon. For now, our best strategy is to reduce the amount of spam we might receive, which also eliminates some of the chances of losing money to their tricks in our email.

How can we reduce fraudulent email offers asking us for money?

You've most likely heard many of the typical answers, one of which may be, "Be careful with what you sign up for!" In the digital world it's known as 'subscribe' to. For legitimate sites and offers it's all good. We fill out forms and select a button and boom, it's done - we've given out our sacred email address. But what about other things you have subscribed to?

But... Did you check if you were signed up to receive emails that you didn't subscribe to?

Now that's a tricky question! If you didn't subscribe for something how would you know, or what would you research to find out? I know what you're probably thinking by now, "There's a whole lot of questions, but what about the answers!" Well, it's complicated, and I wanted to keep this short so I will give you one EASY TO DO SOLUTION to potentially reduce spam emails asking for money. And, this will also make your browsing safer!

One solution to reduce or eliminate spam email in your box:

Since using this one solution myself, I've had some days with zero spam emails! From my opinion - that's amazing results from exercising this one solution! So read on if you want to eliminate your spam...

This one solution pertains to anyone who has a Google account, so it's an easy solution for many people! And the answer is.... wait for it - lol. If you have a Google account you have access to Google Groups, which offers forums for those who wish to use that service. However, the default settings may leave you vulnerable to be signed up for groups you do not wish to be subscribed to! And, some groups are set up by spammers for the sole purpose to send you emails, and/or potentially hijack your browsing!

Here's the fix: Check your Google Groups settings to determine your group subscriptions! You may be surprised what you have been subscribed to, without your knowledge - if you never changed the default settings! Reduce your potential for spam with these easy steps - images included for an easy tutorial!
  1. Go to 'Google Groups'. The page looks like this at the top left:
  2. Select 'My groups' to see what you are subscribed to.
  3. Are you subscribed to a group you didn't sign up for?
  4. Unsubscribe to groups you didn't subscribe to!
  5. Proceed to step 6 to make sure it doesn't happen again!
  6. IMPORTANT: CHANGE YOUR GOOGLE GROUP SETTINGS!
How to change your Google Group 'Settings for all groups':
  1. Look at the top right side for the icon - as shown in the image below.
  2. Select 'My global settings' from the menu.

"My global settings" opens a page of options, shown in the next image. Uncheck the default settings boxes where it says, "Add/Invite settings". Then select 'Save' at the top of the page.

Again, be sure you opt out of (uncheck) the two boxes that 'allow group managers' to directly add and invite you to their groups! That's how you may have been subscribed to a group you don't want to be in, which can = spam in your email box!

Unfortunately, the Google default setting automatically allowed group managers (spammers) to subscribe you! The default setting can result in spam email and potentially browser hijacks.

If at any time, you know of a legitimate group manager who wishes to add you, you can always go back and manually make the change to allow the addition or invitation to come through. Thereafter you would then want to go back and uncheck the boxes again.

You may also wish to go back to the menu and select, "All topic email subscriptions", and make sure you're not subscribed for emails you do not wish to receive! And, if you have a Yahoo email, you may wish to check the default settings for Yahoo Groups.

You just learned one way you may have been subscribed to something you don't want to be involved with, which may have resulted in spam emails, and some of which were asking for money! If this was of help to you, let me know with your comment and share this with a friend. If you still need more insight, check out more ways to reduce the spam emails from the MoneyCrashers!



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