You’re not expecting this message (even if it appears to be from a company you know)
The message could just as easily apply to anyone else as it could to you
They usually relate directly or indirectly to money – either you owe them, they owe you, lucky big win, HMRC, and so on
Sometimes off the back of the finance but usually they encourage you to act rapidly (before thinking)
- Unusual Sender
Either you don’t normally get messages from this sender or it’s different from what they usually send
- Spelling or Grammar Mistakes
I’m not sure the reason why this happens, though I’d hazard a guess that either the sender isn’t that smart (hence the life of crime!) or perhaps English is not their first language
Like I say they may not include all of these red flags, but if they include more than two, I’d beware.
If it’s a phone call or text message, also try a Google search of the sender’s number as sometimes the dodgy ones get recognised and added to online directories.
If it’s a text or an email with a link, don’t click on the link but check it using the tips in my other post about scam links