The best advice is “if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.” You can learn to recognize suspicious emails easily if you keep in mind that legitimate businesses will never ask you to provide private information via email. If you receive an email, even from a company that you regularly do business with, that asks for any personal or account information, chances are it is not a legitimate email. If you are in doubt, call the company and speak to a representative.
Take a look at the sample email below. Note that although the email appears to come from a valid source, the following identifying characteristics clearly show that it’s part of an email scam:
- A company logo stolen from the legitimate business.
- A clickable link that appears to be credible, but actually takes you to the counterfeit Web site.
- In the email program’s status bar, notice the address of the link (http://22.214.171.124/mytocc/imp/…/) does not match where it should legitimately go (http://www.ebay.com/etc. …).
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