Please beware of any emails regarding your Nuvera accounts. If you question the authenticity of an email, always contact your local Nuvera office or TechTrends in New Ulm. Scammers go to great lengths to acquire personal information about you.
REMINDER: We will never ask for personal information from you via email.
10 tips to spot scam phishing emails:
1. The message contains a mismatched URL
By simply hovering your mouse over a URL in an email, you can see the actual hyperlinked address it will send you to. Usually, the hovered address can be found in the lower corner of your web window you are using. If the URLs don’t match, don’t click.
2. The sender’s email doesn’t match the company domain
You can open the email (but don’t click any links) and check the actual address the sender used. Oftentimes they will disguise it with a fake address (store.apple.com), but when you click that email address, you will find the real one used (firstname.lastname@example.org). Delete.
3. The URL has a misleading domain
Email scam artists will try to trick you into clicking on a malicious link by setting up a misleading domain name. Oftentimes, legit websites will have subdomains, such as services.nuvera.net. Scammers try to exploit that by sending domains that look legit but aren’t, such as nuvera.services.net. Real company domains will have their company name .com or .net always together – nuvera.net.
4. Poor spelling and grammar
This is an easy one to spot. Real companies typically have their emails and information proofed by department members multiple times before sending. If you notice spelling and grammar mistakes, it is likely a scam email, and you should contact the company they are trying to spoof.
5. The email is asking for personal information
Companies will NEVER ask for personal information such as account number, credit card number, or social security number from you via email. Always follow that rule of thumb. Never willingly give out information unless you initiated the action.
6. It is too good to be true
If it is too good to be true, it usually is. Unfortunately, there isn’t a Prince in Egypt who is willing to share his millions with you.
7. You didn’t ask to be emailed by us
At Nuvera and TechTrends we will only send emails to new customers welcoming them, or when you ask to be emailed as a part of a contest or promotion we are running.
8. The emailer wants you to send money
Email scammers are always looking to find a lucrative payday from you. Most of the time, that is why they are sending the email. If you are receiving an email from someone you don’t know who is asking for money, it is likely a scam.
9. The message makes unrealistic threats
Scammers will often use scare tactics to frighten you into giving up the information they’re looking for. If an email message is making unrealistic threats, it is likely a scam. Companies will find ways to contact you about real issues, but will not ask for information in an email. When in doubt, call the institution for more instruction.
10. Something just feels off
Trust your gut, always. If it doesn’t feel right, then you’re probably right. Always try to make contact with the company sending the email before submitting information.
By using these phishing email tips above, you will protect yourself from viruses, malware, and scammers controlling your bank account and emotions. Unfortunately, there are people who are trying to rob you on a daily basis. At Nuvera TechTrends, we are always ready and available to help with any questions or concerns.