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How To Spot A Fraudulent Email
In my travels around the internet marketing forums, I noticed a lot of people were having problems with emails they were receiving from places like Paypal, EBay and various online banks.
The amount of phishing that's going on these days is almost incredible, what's worse is that so few people are actually aware of it, so I sat myself down and wrote an article in the hopes of helping a few more people avoid being scammed.
Have YOU been receiving suspicious looking emails from Paypal, telling you that your account is about to be closed or limited due to suspicious activities being registered by their staff?
It’s definitely a phishing scam where people are out to fool you into giving them your info. Looking at the code, or headers will usually reveal anonymous urls, especially numbered ones, or urls that are definitely not pointing to paypal.
The 3 Dead Giveaways:
A). The email isn’t addressed to you personally, but says "Dear customer". Paypal, and all other banks will always address you by name in their mails to you.
B). Ask around a bit, and you’ll hear of others who’ve had the exact same messages. This is because the phishing is going on in mass mailings to thousands of people at a time.
C). I don’t know about other email programs, but if you’re using Outlook Express, you can usually see the REAL website address by running your mouse over the one in the email. It`ll show up right at the bottom of your Outlook Express.
Another way to check is by checking the headers of the email. This is quite easy to do, although not many people seem to be aware of it. Read on for a quick step-by-step:
1. Open the email
I’ve shown a few different examples of fraudulent emails here
Next, click on File and then Properties
Now, click on Details
And Message Source
This will show you every single detail of the mail, all the HTML code, all the headers, where the mail originated and a whole lot more. Once you`ve checked all that, just close the source.
All in all this will probably take up 2 minutes of your time but can definitely save you thousands of pounds, dollars or whichever currency you use, so make it a habit to "deep-check" any suspicious mails that you’re unsure of.
Should you EVER receive anything like this, please deep-check and report to the main websites. Never click the links in the mails. Open a new browser window and TYPE IN the web-address, making sure you include https:// so that you get to their secure pages.
Don’t let them scam you!