Getting an email or text message from a stranger always raises questions. Did someone send this to me by mistake? Do I need to answer? Is this some kind of fraud?
You can read this previous post for some basic tips to help with recognizing tax refund scams, but if you prefer to test if a specific message poses a threat, then you should try Trend Micro™ Fraud Buster now.
Introducing Fraud Buster
This free online service can quickly let you know if an email or text message intends to deceive you. Using advanced machine learning systems and Trend Micro’s extensive database, Fraud Buster gives definitive ratings to questionable messages.
How Fraud Buster Works
You can either forward a suspicious message to KnowForSure@fraudbuster.trendmicro.com or fill out the form on the https://fraudbuster.trendmicro.com/ website.
Fraud Buster will rate the messages you share as High Scam Risk, Possible Scam, or Not a Scam and provide some simple advice. The results appear immediately if you use the website, or come back as a reply to a forwarded email message.
Have questions? Send them to firstname.lastname@example.org.