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How to spot a phishing email

It’s the perfect time for hackers to send e-mails with dangerous malware and viruses.  Right now, your inbox is probably filled with “COVID-19” subject lines and coronavirus-focused e-mails. 

Hackers are even using a fake cdc-gov e-mail address that’s not legitimate and spamming inboxes. 

How can you tell a phishing e-mail from a legitimate one?  Here’s a few telltale signs on how-to spot a phishing email: 

  • Look closely at the e-mail address to make sure it’s spelled correctly. 
  • Hover over any links in the e-mail (but DON’T CLICK) to see the ACTUAL website you’ll be directed to.  If there’s a mismatched or suspicious URL, delete the e-mail immediately. 
  • Watch for poor grammar and spelling errors. 
  • Never download an attachment unless you know who sent it and what it is. 

     When in doubt, call the person who supposedly sent the e-mail on the phone to verify it’s legitimate.  

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