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Recognizing and Avoiding Email Scams

Original release date: June 22, 2012 | Last revised: February 06, 2013

Overview

Email provides us a convenient and powerful communications tool. Unfortunately, it also provides scammers and other malicious individuals an easy means for luring potential victims. The scams they attempt run from old-fashioned bait-and-switch operations to phishing schemes using a combination of email and bogus web sites to trick victims into divulging sensitive information.

This paper advises how to protect yourself from these scams by understanding what they are, what they look like, how they work, and what you can do to avoid them.

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