News about scam emails is a lot a broken record, it keeps repeating and repeating and repeating.

Scammers are doing whatever they can in hopes you will slip and click the wrong link.

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Scammers and hackers can do some serious damage to individuals and businesses with very little effort. A sneaky link or email could drain your bank account or cost a company millions of dollars.

One news source reported online scammers getting their dirty hands on a record-setting $4.2 billion in 2020, all from Americans.

It may seem like a nuisance to be changing your passwords every few months but most companies are requiring it, or at least should be.

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These online scamming attempts, more recently known as phishing attempts, can easily dupe someone into clicking a bad or opening a virus-filled document.


Emails can appear to be from anyone if you know what you're doing.

For instance, in the summer of 2020, I received an email from FedEx notifying me a package could be delivered to me. The email included a link for me to click to confirm a reschedule or make an appointment to pick up the package.

(You can see the email here.)

Note: I wasn't expecting anything and did the old-school method of calling FedEx. Nothing was delivered to me.

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This morning I received an email from the IRS (Internal Revenue Service) about the third round of Economic Impact Payments...

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Never ever click on documents or links from emails from a business, government, or otherwise, if it involves sensitive information, especially if you're not expecting it.

Also, check the actual email address it came from.

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Fake, fake, fake, fake.

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