Dear Amy: How can I tell if an email is a scam? — Emily, Providence, R.I.
Dear Emily: If your email account has a good spam filter, most scam emails will probably end up in the spam folder, but you may still find an occasional scam email in your inbox. Many scam emails will try to trick you by posing as a message from a well-known company. They might even use graphics from the company’s website to make their email appear legitimate. Luckily, there are clues you can look for in an email to spot a fake.
The first place I look is at the email sender. If an email claims to be from a company but the email address is from another domain name, it’s almost always a scam. For example, an email sent from email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org isn’t really from Facebook. For more tips on spotting email scams, visit atg.wa.gov/InternetSafety/Fraud/Email
If you suspect that an email is a scam, make sure you do not click on any links it contains or reply to the sender. Clicking on links could take you to a malicious website. The safest thing to do is to report the email as spam and delete it. Stay safe!
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