Tip for identifying fraudulent emails

I’m sure most of you have received fraudulent emails like this.  Here’s a tip for you for identifying fraudulent emails.

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If you get a message like this, HOVER the mouse over the link in the e-mail. DO NOT CLICK. You will see where the link will send you if you click. In this case, it would send me to a .co.za domain, which is in South Africa. Don’t click, just delete the message.

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The last part of the address is the “top level domain” or TLD. In the US, it should be .com for commercial sites, .org for non-profit sites, .net for networking sites, and a few others. Foreign countries have TLD’s like .ca for China, .de for Germany, etc. You can see a list of TLD’s here: http://www.iana.org/domains/root/db

After identifying fraudulent emails

Of course, the standard advice still applies… Don’t open suspicious e-mails! If you did have an American Express account and you got a fraud alert, you should NOT click the link in the e-mail, but call them. You could also open your browser and log into your account again not using the link in the e-mail.

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