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E-mail & Hyperlink Safety
Oftentimes, you'll find hyperlinks (blue, underlined words or phrases that
link to AOL or Internet sites) in e-mail messages. Hyperlinks can be used as
handy shortcuts to online areas. However, beware of hyperlinks in e-mails from
strangers! If you received e-mail with any of the following subject lines,
please read this entire article!
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Scammers often use hyperlinks to direct you to Web sites that look like
official AOL or AOL.COM pages, but are not. The e-mails and Web pages may
claim that you've won a prize or encourage you to sign up for testing of a new
product or service. NEVER click on hyperlinks in e-mail sent to you by
To participate, these scammers ask you to enter your AOL screen name and
password. AOL staff will NEVER ask you for your password or credit card
information. Some Web pages may automatically download computer viruses or
Trojan Horse programs to your computer. These programs can damage your
computer files or send your password back to the scammer. With your screen
name and password, the scammer can sign on to your AOL account, read your e-
mail, send e-mail in your name, and even violate AOL's Terms of Service, which
may result in the termination of your account.
To keep your computer and your AOL account safe, NEVER click on hyperlinks in
e-mail sent to you by strangers. And NEVER enter your screen name and password
into a Web page unless it is an official AOL Web page. Official AOL Web pages
can be found at AOL.COM at http://www.aol.com.
Tip: To play it safe, you can display the destination of the hyperlinks before
you click on them. Simply position the cursor over the hyperlink. AOL will
display its destination. Links to Web pages will show the Web address or URL.
Links to areas on AOL will say "On AOL only." Mac users: hold down the Control
key, click on the hyperlink, then choose View address. The hyperlink address
will appear. Displaying the destination, before clicking on a hyperlink, is
helpful if you're not sure if you should follow the link.
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