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3 easy steps to identify spam

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I get really sick of getting SPAM messages.  Not only are they a waste of time, they can be dangerous too.  Can you identify if a message is legitimate?

If you’re lucky your email provider will throw out a great big message in red like the one below and warn you.  If you’re not so lucky or you are reading it on a smartphone or tablet you could easily be fooled.  I nearly fell for this one.

Here is a screenshot of a spam email and I wanted to show you how you can easily identify spam.

  1. The email address: The email is from Gmail support but the from email address doesn’t look anything like a google email address.
  2. The date: I received the email on the 5th November but it’s about an email from the 11th April?  That’s a 7 month lag and immediately rings alarm bells.
  3. Links:  If you right click on any of the links (control click if you are on a mac) you will see that they are for a site that is completely unrelated to google. Again, alarm bells will be ringing
    be careful to only RIGHT click, otherwise you risk opening the links.

If you think it’s spam, just delete the message.  Don’t click and certainly don’t reply.

Has this guide has helped you, please let the community know in the comments section below.  If you know someone who could benefit from this article please share it with them.

 

Simple ways to identify if a message is legitimate or spam.

Simple ways to identify if a message is legitimate or spam.

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