Worried that the email that's landed in your inbox might be a computer virus in disguise? Here's how to tell if it's legitimate... or just a phishing lure.
1. It doesn't contain your name, or it says "undisclosed recipients" or uses another vague term -- a clue that this is a bogus email.
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2. The sender's address doesn't match the name or email address in the signature. Even if the email seems legit, hover your cursor over the address to see where it really came from; if there isn't a match, be wary.
3. Bad grammar, weird capitalization, and spelling mistakes are a giveaway that it's a fake email. Legit businesses proofread their communications.
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If you do spot a scammy email, be sure you:
- Don't open attachments unless you're sure the email is from a trusted sender; they may contain malware.
- Don't click on a link; it may take you to a fake site where your personal info will be stolen, or it may start a malware download. Go to your browser and log on to the site in question instead.
- By Leah Ingram
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