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Oct 22, 2022

What Happens When a Scammer Has Your Email Address?
Prevention - Signs You're Hacked - Recovery

While your email address might not seem that valuable, scammers can extract a lot of information that they can use against you. Below are some things they can do with your email address information:

  • Scammers Can Impersonate You
  • Send Phishing Emails
  • Scammers Can Access Your Online Accounts

How to Protect Your Email Address from Scammers?

  • Using Robust Passwords
  • Set Up Multi-Factor Authentication
  • Update Your Device’s Security Software
  • Enable Dark Web Monitoring

Signs Your Email Account Has Been Hacked

  • You can’t log in to your account
  • Strange messages pop up on your social media accounts
  • Your family members or friends are receiving emails you didn’t send
  • Your sent-message folder contains spammy messages you don’t remember writing

How to Help Recover Your Email Account from a Scammer

  • If you can still access your account, change your login credentials immediately
  • Inform your friends and family members about the hack so they don’t fall for the scams sent by the hackers
  • Contact your banks and credit providers if you have sensitive financial information in your inbox. They can help prevent unauthorized access to your account.
  • Seek the help of an identity and credit monitoring service like IdentityIQ to help protect you. This service can provide real-time fraud and Social Security number alerts, the dark web and internet monitoring, and even identity theft insurance. Plus, protection plans are affordable.
  • If you’re completely locked out of your account, contact your email provider for advice on how to recover and protect your account.