Email provides us with a convenient and powerful communications tool. Unfortunately, it also provides scammers and other malicious individuals an easy means for luring potential victims. The scams that they attempt vary from old-fashioned bait-and-switch operations to phishing schemes using a combination of email and bogus web sites to trick victims into divulging sensitive information. To protect yourself from these scams, you should understand what they are, what they look like, how they work, and what you can do to avoid them. The following recommendations can minimize your chances of falling victim to an email scam.
To protect yourself from scams, please watch out for the following:
- Don’t trust unsolicited email (for example, firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org, etc.) The only legitimate email address from NiaLena Caravasos to which you should be responding is NiaLena4Defense@nialena.com.
- Do not make any payments by Western Union.
- Do not make any payments to an attorney in anything other than a check (made out to Law Office Of NiaLena Caravasos, LLC) unless you are personally giving it to the attorney and/or have verified that you are sending it to the attorney’s office.
- Do not communicate with an attorney asking you to move your conversation off a trusted domain, such as NiaLena.com or Facebook.com/LawOfficeNiaLenaCaravasos or SuperLawyers.com or Avvo.com or LinkedIn or Justia. If you do move the conversation off of a trusted domain, the only email address through which you should be communicating with NiaLena Caravasos is NiaLena4Defense@nialena.com.
- Do not communicate with an attorney claiming to be a friend or relative in an emergency.
- Do not communicate with Facebook Pages representing NiaLena Caravasos, organizations or public figures that are not verified on Facebook.