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Identifying a Scam

The best protection against scams is a human firewall. No digital protection will ever be as effective as an educated and aware person

We’ll discover:

Scammer Tactics
Scam Email Example
Pre-Response Checklist
What to do if you’ve been scammed
A scam email detected by Catch
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Scammer Tactics

Scam perpetuators follow a predictable method.

Bring Your Guard Down

Scammers bring your guard down by...

Pretending to be an authority, representative of an organization or an interested partner.

Create a Sense of Urgency

Scammers create a sense of urgency by...

Implying that if you don’t act quick within short and clear deadlines something bad will happen.

Force Quick Decisions

You make a quick decision which...

Leads to missteps in your decision making process.

Scammers want you to make decisions quickly, so that:
You don’t have a chance to think critically about what are you doing.
You don’t have an opportunity to get an outside perspective.

Pre-Response Checklist

Before every single flight, there is a pilot completing a pre-flight checklist. Any response to incoming communication should be treated as a flight. That means you must always complete your “pre-response checklist”.

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If suspicious: contact the person or business through a different communication channel.

What to do if you’ve been scammed

Despite all the protections we put it up, we still need to be prepared to respond. The key is to move fast.

Get support from someone you trust.

Update Passwords Immediately

Credit Cards.
Phone Provider.

Contact your

Put an alert on your account so the financial institution will be on the lookout for suspicious activity.

Report the Scam to Authorities

Contact your local police.
Contact fraud authorities.


Letting other people know about the scam increases awareness and reduces the chances the scam will work again.

Watch Out for Follow up Scams

Once you’ve been scammed, scammers will attempt to re-target you in the future.

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