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Old 08-19-2016, 08:35 AM   #4
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Default Re: Preventing falling for scams.

In most phishing type emails there are lots of clues that should make you suspicious.

First off, does the email address you by name or simply as "Dear customer"? Genuine mail from your bank or other legitimate institution will know your name and use it.

Are there mistakes in grammar, punctuation or spelling? Legitimate email will generally not contain these errors.

Hover your mouse pointer (don't click) over any links in the email and look to see if the link points to a valid website. For instance, if the email claims it's from "The Great Western Bank" but the link points to "http:\" then you know it's bogus.

If an email offers you a link to the company's website to update credit card or bank account info, instead of using the link, go to the company's actual website and check that the info is accurate there.
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