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cdrlik, Renter in Portland, OR

What should I do with a suspicious email?

Asked by cdrlik, Portland, OR Wed Oct 17, 2012

I have received an email in response to my interest in a rental . This response has poor English and the sender is not available in person.

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Tom Inglesby’s answer
Becareful about sending any money on a rental. These guys a pretty smooth and drag and drop homes that are listing for sale as a rental and they look really good and they want you to make a holding deposit. Be careful. Tom Inglesby
0 votes Thank Flag Link Fri Oct 26, 2012
If this is "unsolicited" email...
Obviously - do not open it...

If this is potential business and you want to confirm prior to deletion...

Send an email back to the provider - preferably from a non-business email account...
If you respond to the email from this email - you are confirming the email address as an "active address".

If you get a response with a phone , do the obvious - call and speak -
Normally you will not receive a response as this is done "en mass" and not a single targeted box.

You can also perform a "reverse look-up" on the email address -
Check the address in the header - is it valid?

Google for instructions... Use a site like

All this can be done - with suspicious email....
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0 votes Thank Flag Link Tue Jul 29, 2014
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All this can be done - with suspicious email....

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Mark it as spam with your email provider and delete it (without opening it).
0 votes Thank Flag Link Mon Jun 16, 2014
Anybody that says they're not available in person is an obvious con artist and you need to steer clear of them. There is obviously something shady going on and these people are nothing but trouble.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Thu Jun 12, 2014
Send it to Trulia's Help Center -- or at least inform them about the sender.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Thu Jun 12, 2014
When you receive a suspicious email the best thing to do is either delete it or block the email from further attempts to deliver. Most email systems allow you to block or place the suspect email in a spam folder.

Unfortunately, many suspicious emails today, when opened, have the capability to go through your computer's hard drive and steal information or destroy the system you are working to protect.

Better to be safe than sorry. When in doubt - delete.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Thu Jun 12, 2014
Do not open and report. It is likely someone looking to hack.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Thu Jun 12, 2014
You know what I did the other day with a similar email was did a google search on the name and email and the exact email I got came up. It ended up being interesting because I not only made sure it was a scam but found out all the history of it and what had happened because of it. I dont say this to do with every off the wall email but when you get that one you cant quite figure out chances are if its not ligit, you'll be able to google it and find out.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Fri Oct 26, 2012
Just ignore it. You can also tag it as spam on your email filter.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Thu Oct 18, 2012
you're going to get those frequently. just ignore it.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Thu Oct 18, 2012
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