Is it safe to click the unsubscribe link in unwanted email? KOMO / Ticor Consumer Tip

Your e-mail inbox is overloaded – advertisements from retailers you shop with, newsletters from organizations you support, and a whole lot of spam that you don’t want and don’t plan to read. But it just takes time to go through all of this.

Should you click on the unsubscribe links? Or is that just asking for trouble?

It all depends…

According to digital security expert Paul Ducklin, a principal research scientist with Sophos who is based in England. His big concern: That unsubscribe link could be designed to trick you into giving up your email password.

“If you click on an unsubscribe link and it doesn’t just go, ‘you’re unsubscribed,’ but it goes, ‘now you need to put in your email address and your password,’ keep your wits about you, and don’t get phished,” Ducklin cautioned. “Obviously these are people who are not spamming you, they’re using the unsubscribe as a hook to try to get your password which is a risk that did not exist in the early days of spam.”

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Get ahead of scammers: why it’s important to report fraud KOMO / Ticor Consumer Tip

Scammers are getting craftier with their pitches by using new technology to steal your information and money. Believe it or not, most Washington consumers don’t report robocalls or fraud attempts. However, you should report any attempted scams, says Chuck Hardwood, Regional Director of the Federal Trade Commission.

Why you should report fraud…

Any efforts, whether it’s by phone, email, online, or in person, should be reported. People must tell their stories because they add pieces to the puzzle that authorities are trying to put together. The larger the picture becomes, the easier it will be for law enforcement to protect consumers. When you choose not to report fraud, you’re helping scammers.

Even if you don’t fall for a fraudsters tricks, it’s still helpful to report the situation because this crucial information can help authorities. Every story is important to them. Report scams to the Federal Trade Commission at, or with the State Attorney General’s Office at or toll-free at 877-382-4357.

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