SECURITY: How to spot a fake email?

How to spot a fake email?

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Q. I got an email from Amazon that was a security alert about my account. How can you tell if it’s legit or not?

A. The fake email is a favorite of scammers trying to steal your information. Major companies don’t send out emails that haven’t been checked by a team of professional writers and editors, so poor writing is a dead giveaway. They also won’t ask you to click on anything or download an attachment.

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I have a better way. GET YOUR OWN DOMAIN!

May I suggest that you have your own domain? The common wisdom, or is that common whizdumb, is to own your own name as a domain name. I gives one quite a bit of control. And, it’s very cheap. I know three solutions at 15$/year using wordpressdotcom with gmail, 25$/year email only with 1and1, and 60$/year for domain+email+webspace also at 1and1. My point is not that you should use 1and1. I could care less which one you use. It’s that getting on to your own domain with email is cheap and easy. And, it’s not hotmail, yahoo, or gmail. It IS your own “personal brand”.

And you don’t want your ISP, like comcast, twc, or aol, to lock you into their service. 

And you don’t want the hassle of changing your email and risk “losing” people.

Use my trick of assigning specific emails to your correspondents. For example, XRAY0001 at my domain is American Express. If I EVER get an email from Amex that doesn’t come in on that address, I know it’s a fraud and I delete it right away. Easy peasy!


For cheap protection. Do it now. Lest a Nigerian Prince catch you “asleep at the switch”.

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