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Eh? How to spot a fake

The Commerce Department provided some good advice on how to spot a fake e-mail or Web link: Look for suspicious typos and grammatical errors. Hover your mouse over the sender's address to see if the real address is different. Copy and paste the t...

The Commerce Department provided some good advice on how to spot a fake e-mail or Web link:

  • Look for suspicious typos and grammatical errors.
  • Hover your mouse over the sender's address to see if the real address is different.
  • Copy and paste the text into Notepad (not Word). Notepad does not support HTML, so if a link is fake, the real link will show up.
  • Avoid filling out forms in e-mail messages that ask for personal information.
  • Look up and log on to the official website instead of "linking" to it from an unsolicited e-mail.
  • Contact the actual business or agency that supposedly sent the e-mail to find out if it's genuine. Look up phone numbers or e-mail addresses rather than using contact info provided in an e-mail. We welcome your submissions and suggestions. Drop us a line at news@duluthnews.com , on Twitter , Areavoices , or mail items to Eh?, Duluth News Tribune newsroom, 424 W. First St., Duluth, MN 55802.

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