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1711File - Avoiding Phishing E-mails

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  • RainbowZen@yahoogroups.com
    Aug 1, 2013
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      Stay safe from Phishing: Easy clues to help you
      keep your personal information secure.

      The main goal of a phishing email is to get you
      to a site where you will provide your personal
      information. With these basic, but powerful, clues,
      you can easily recognize the threat and ensure
      the safety of your identity and finances.

      1. Does the email ask you to go to a website and
      verify personal information? We won't ask you to
      verify your personal information in response to
      an email.
      2. What is the tone of the mail? Most phish
      emails convey a sense of urgency by threatening
      discontinued service or information loss if you don't
      take immediate action.
      3. What is the quality of the email? Many phish
      emails have misspellings, bad grammar, or poor
      punctuation.
      4. Are the links in the email valid? Deceptive
      links in phishing emails look like they are to a
      valid site, but deliver you to a fraudulent one.
      Many times you can see if the link is legitimate
      by just moving your mouse over the link.
      5. Is the email personalized with your name and
      applicable account information? Many phish emails
      use generic salutations and generic information
      (e.g. "Dear Customer" or "Dear Account Holder")
      instead of your name.
      6. What is the sender's email address? Many
      phish emails come from an email address not from the
      company represented in the email.
      7. When in doubt, type it out. If you suspect an
      email to be phishing, don't click on any links
      in the email. Type the valid address directly
      into your web browser.
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