Are you smarter than a scammer?

New study shows most consumers aren't

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB)- Emails promising grand prizes, free vacations and lower rates are, unfortunately, quite common.

“I get like 12 spam emails a day,” said UB student Megan Russ.

“Most of the time they’re in my inbox telling me I won some money or I won a cruise or I won a free vacation or trip,” Derek Hering of Lockport told News 4.

Email phishing is all about getting your personal information or infecting your computer or mobile device with Malware.

A recent study says American consumers aren’t as savvy as some may think they are.

News 4 asked Hering if he’s ever tempted to click on those deals that seem too good to be true. “All the time,” he admitted. “You see you won something for free so it’s like okay let’s see what this is.”

CBS recently put out a test; it allows you to click through ten sample emails to see it you can spot the phishing ones.

TAKE THE TEST | click here

Eighty percent fell for phishing bait at least once.

Peggy Penders of Buffalo’s Better Business Bureau says email scammers are growing more bold, and more present than ever.

In order to prevent being duped Penders said, “Slow down, that’s number one. Number two, don’t be afraid to pick up the phone if you have any suspicion about what you’ve received.”

Here are some clues to look for:

  • Phishing emails will use a sense of urgency to scare you into acting quickly
  • They’ll generally ask for personal information, like a social security number
  • Often times, the links don’t make sense

“One of the things that we as consumers really need to understand is how to hover over links. So if you have a link in your email and you have any doubt at all, move your cursor right over it. If it looks like gobbledygook, that is a red flag,” Penders told News 4.

If you’re on the fence about an offer in an email, look it up yourself through the official company website, is another tip.

And remember, if any deal seems too good to be true, it is. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review. Note: Comments containing links are not allowed.

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