If you use email, you have to be on your guard all of the time. Ah, the life of a Sacramento Realtor. Definitely not like the old days. You've always on your toes. And if they aren't emailing you with crap, they are calling. Sometimes I hang up on prospects because they sound too cheery, LOL, and I figure they are a telemarketer. I'm lucky if they call back.
Through email, though, it is easier to spot the spammers and hackers. The first thing I think about when I get a piece of email is: Do I know this sender? The second is the call to action. Does the sender want me to do something specific? Like click on a link that could contain a virus? However, there are many more clues something is amiss.
You can read more and see the actual email I received from supposedly Zillow in my personal blog today at this link: Use Spelling and Grammar to Recognize Email Crooks.
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