Email Fraud Alert: Who's That Email Really From?

Protecting Yourself from Email Fraud

Email fraud isn't anything new, but the tricks used to commit the crime evolve each and every day. Just when word gets out about one email scam, another one develops. There are, however, general rules of thumb you can apply to all emails if you want to protect yourself...

Just Say No...

When it comes to links embedded in emails, just say no. You never know if those links are really taking you where you want to go, or if they're directing you to a mirror site designed to steal whatever information you may enter.

If you want to visit a site sent to you via email, type the URL directly into your Web browser. Only then can you be sure you're actually at the website you intended to visit.

Never Reply

Don't ever reply to an email asking you for your personal information or a password. Legitimate websites and businesses will never ask you to provide this information via email.

If you get an email that is supposedly from your bank or other financial institution and it is asking for this information, forward the email to an email address publicly listed for the bank and express your concerns. More likely than not, the email is a spoof and your bank will thank you for sending it to them and alerting them of the email fraud.

Don't Promote the Scam

Email fraud criminals love it when you forward their handiwork onto your friends and family members and make them victims too. Don't do it!

The "send this to 1000 people and you'll get $10,000 from Microsoft" email? It was a scam. Remember, if something sounds too good to be true, it is. Don't fall for the scam, and don't put your loved ones at risk of falling for it either.

Whether we like to admit it or not, our email accounts are ripe for the picking and fraudsters everywhere love to hit us with their latest scams. Keep the above information in mind when protecting yourself from this email fraud activity.

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