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Life Lessons: Protect your email identity

Published On: Jan 24 2014 05:00:00 AM EST

We've got three things to avoid if you want to protect your email from scammers.

Almost everybody has one, but according to the Federal Trade Commission, email is the most common way scammers attack us. But still, many people take unnecessary risks with their emails.

We've got three things to avoid:

Checking your email on an unsecure network, in places like an airport or coffee shop, can let scammers use malware to steal your information.


Don't fall for guaranteed loan or credit card offers. Often, they're just ways to get your information. Don't click on the links, and delete them right away.

Never reply to emails asking you to verify your information - if a bank, post office, or even the IRS need to verify anything, they won't do it by email.

A general rule of thumb: don't click on links from people you don't personally know.

Scammers have used fake charities, credit card purchases, and airline deals to get people to follow a link. Even if the email is from a friend, if it's really vague, you should be wary.