You’ve probably heard of ClickFunnels. The popular email marketing tool offers a dizzying array of free features. And because it’s so easy to use, the company has been among the most popular targets for hackers, spammers, and phishers.

Unfortunately, the good guys aren’t always good at keeping up with the spammers. So while it may be tempting to click the links in those annoying spam emails, it’s best to stay away.

Here’s a short list of some of the most common ClickFunnels scams and what you should do about them.

The ‘Get $37 Back Here’ Scam

This one’s pretty clever, so it deserves a place in here. It starts with an email that appears to be from ClickFunnels. In this message, the company explains that one of their customers just created a special offer for anyone that signs up for their email list.

For anyone that signs up for their free trial or purchases their product, the email invites them to click a link to redeem their $37 discount.

While it’s true that anyone who signs up for ClickFunnels’ email list with the promise of getting $37 back is going to be pretty disappointed, this isn’t a scam. It’s just another way of saying thank you.

The company is actually thanking those that try out their service. They just want to say “thank you” in the most convenient way possible. This is why you’ll often see emails like this one where the email looks like it’s coming from ClickFunnels, but it’s really coming from one of their affiliates. The affiliate, in this case Mad Hippie, is encouraging people to try out the service because it’s good for business.

The ‘Free 14 Day Trial’ Scam

Here’s another scam that targets people that are looking for a free trial of ClickFunnels. In this case, the email actually does come from the CEO of the company, who is offering the free trial.

This is a pretty common approach amongst the online scammers. It’s always good for business, especially when you consider the fact that it’s free advertising.

Like with the ‘Get $37 Back’ scam, this is another example of an affiliate marketing scam. In this case, the affiliate is posing as the CEO of the company, and is offering a free trial. So while it may look like you’re getting a great deal, be sure that you’re not actually falling prey to a common affiliate marketing scam.

The ‘You’ll Be Getting a Free Trip to Hawaii’ Scam

This one takes the cake in terms of being the most devious ClickFunnels scam. People are falling for it, because it seems too good to be true. In this case, the email claims that you’ll be getting a free trip to Hawaii, if you purchase a certain product from a certain store.

This is pretty standard in the affiliate marketing world. There are many, many different affiliate marketing scams, and this is one of the classics. To sum it up, if you’ve been persuaded to purchase a product or to try out a service in the recent past by sending you an email with a special offer, it’s most likely a scam. Avoid these offers, and remember, the only way to genuinely get something for free is to either ask or to give to a good cause.

The ‘Get $100 If You Click Here’ Scam

This one might actually be a little bit of a relief to anyone that’s been scammed before. It’s an old scam, but it seems to keep coming back. It starts with some friendly email from a marketing expert, inviting you to try out their service.

In order to take advantage of this offer, all you need to do is open up a new browser tab, and click on a link that’ll redirect you to a third-party site. After that, you’ll enter your personal information, including your credit card or PayPal account details. The site will then try to collect as much information as possible.

One thing to watch out for is the pop-up blocking when you’re trying to use your computer. That’s usually the number one sign that you’re being scammed. And what’s worse is that you won’t even know you’ve been scammed until it’s too late.

This is a very common scam, and it shows that even though spam emails may be decreasing in number, it still exists in huge volumes. Make sure that you don’t fall victim to any of these scams, and as before, if you receive an email like this one, it’s probably a scam. Avoid these emails, and if you do get one like this, it’s best to just report it as spam. You’ll be doing the company a favor, and the person that sent it will eventually be shut down (hopefully).

If you want to be able to spot a fake email from a trusted source, look out for grammatical errors, overly complex sentences, and question marks at the end of sentences. A good rule of thumb is this: if it’s too good to be true, it probably is.

Get Free Shipping & Bonus Gifts With These Tricky Situations

While we’re on the subject of scammers, it’s important to remember that some companies’ offers are legitimate, but you have to act quickly to take advantage of them. Take a look at these two emails, for example. The first one is from Groupon, and the second one is from Kellogg’s. Both of these companies offer special deals that you can’t resist.

The first one is a Groupon deal for a TV, and it costs just $5. The kicker is that if you click on the link inside the email, you’ll get an additional $20 discount, bringing the total down to only $5. What are the odds of getting that deal while it lasts? Not likely. So while this particular email is quite the bait-and-switch, it’s actually a legitimate Groupon offer. But because there’s still a small chance that this deal is real, it’s best to take advantage of it while you can.

The second example is Kellogg’s offer of a free holiday box with any purchase of certain cereals. While it doesn’t sound like much, keep in mind that this company is notorious for tricking customers. So even though this particular scam may be quite old, it still comes up occasionally. It’s always best to be on the safe side and verify that an offer is real before you take advantage of it.

These kinds of offers are typically found in the form of a text message, an email, or a tweet. If you do get suckered into clicking on a link in any of these, it’s best to just report it as spam. And if you see an offer like this in your spam filter, it’s probably a good idea to just delete it. These kinds of offers are usually used to trick people, and that’s never a good idea. It’s always best to be smart about these kinds of scams, rather than to be tricked. You can’t say that about all of them, though. Sometimes these offers are genuine.

Learn From Others’ Mistakes

This is a crucial point that you have to keep in mind when considering whether or not to trust a new email provider or business. As we mentioned above, some of these offers may seem too good to be true, but that doesn’t necessarily mean that they are. Just because some other users were scammed by some unknown source doesn’t mean that you have to be as well. For that matter, it’s also possible that the unknown sender was scammed, and that you’re actually helping to make them rich!

As far as your own security is concerned, it’s always best to be smart about this as well. Don’t give out all of your personal information to people that you don’t know or trust. And when considering whether or not to give out any personal information, it’s always best to ask yourself, “Does this make me safer? Does this protect me from something?” While it may be tempting to just click on that link and give them your information, it’s typically not a good idea to do so. It’s better to be safe than sorry, and while it may be annoying to have to enter all of that information again, it’s ultimately safer for you to do so. At the very least, it’ll make you more conscious of what’s going on. Plus, if some random hacker is going to get your information anyway, it may as well be someone you know and trust.