Protecting yourself from fraud

Is there a way to check to see if the email I received is legitimate?

We recommend that you always exercise caution when dealing with strangers on the internet. It’s too easy to fall into a trap concocted by people with bad intentions.

The practice known as phishing involves fraudulent actors who try to get you to tell them your personal data such as usernames and passwords, and even account details from your bank. Their emails look close enough to those from the real source that many people fall for their tactics.

What we won’t ask for

We recommend that you take a few extra minutes to verify that anyone requesting information from you is not a person perpetuating a scam. In fact, you can rest assured that we will never email you requesting your log-in details, such as your user ID and passwords. There is really no reason for any group or organization to request this information from you via email.

Another red flag is anyone asking you for urgent information trying to get you to act quickly. They may tell you to click on a link right away because they need your information now. Another tactic is to tell you about all of the amazing donations that they are going to send to you, but first, they need your banking details.

If it’s rushing you into making a decision, stop for a moment and think: if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is!

Take notice of these common red flags:

Look at the email address to make sure that it is from a known source. Many phishing agents and fraudulent actors employ email addresses that are similar but not quite the same as the ours. All emails from us will be sent as @teacherfunder.com, @teacherfunder.info, @teacherfunder.org, @teacherfunder.net, and @teacherfunder.us.

Know the proper email from our site has the same ending as our website. Don’t be fooled by similar addresses that are used to scam people.

Tactics

We typically our users to avoid clicking on any links that are sent to them via an email or instant message. If you are unsure, try visiting the website in question and navigating to the desired page via the home page. If you do click on a link that looks suspect, just close your browser as soon as you have realized the error.

When someone sends you a message stating that something bad is going to happen if you don’t respond right away (usually by clicking on a link included in the message) you are right to be hesitant. If you think that you may be being overly cautious, ask the sender for further verification. Asking for a telephone number is often enough to send fraudsters scurrying away.

Summary

Remember that there is no reason for a us to ever request your bank account information in an email or text message! The same holds true for your usernames and passwords.

If you’re ever in doubt, simply forward any questionable email to us for verification.