Phishing scams appear to originate from a trusted source to trick a user into providing information. The attacker can then use this information to access your accounts, gather additional private information about you, and make purchases or apply for credit in your name.
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Scammers May Keep Contacting You Even After You've Rebuked Them. Block Them To Reduce the Possibility of Issues in the Future.
Once you have identified someone as a scammer you should block them to prevent them from contacting you again. On most instant messenger services, you can simply right click on the person's name and then select the "block" option. This will ensure that they cannot contact you or even see you online. You can also block emails by going into your options and adding the person's email address to your "Blocked Addresses" lists. If you do not block a scammer, they may continue bothering you or sending you potentially harmful files and links.