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Scammers easily fool people most of the time when it comes to financial sites. A few tips for “safe hex” that most people evidently don’t know about or don’t care about.

  • Check the lock on your browser — if its busted, don’t trust the site.
  • Check the link before you click it — if you see “http://www.paypal.com/” in the text of the email, but the status bar shows “http;//paypalrewards.com/”, then don’t click the link. The email is a scam.
  • If you get a popup when going to a financial site, read it. Most likely its telling you something is wrong. If it asks you if you want to trust the site, say “no!” and get out of there.
  • Don’t be an idiot. Just because your login works on the site doesn’t mean the site is legit. One woman in the study above typed her username and password into the site to see if it was real.
  • Just because the site or email looks real doesn’t mean that it is.

2 thoughts on “Click This Link”

  1. One more tip

    I generally think I’m pretty savvy when it comes to phishing emails. I look down on the people who get caught by them. However, I recently nearly got caught by a brilliant one. I’m not sure whether they would have tricked me into entering my PayPal information or not; I never got the chance to tell. Google’s Safe Browsing extension for Firefox stopped me first. I don’t know how they did it, but it was obvious to Google that this was a phishing operation. Thanks, Google!

  2. repitition pays

    Because we are a newspaper office, with an e-mail address, we get hundreds of e-mails every week. So I have seen many scams and they all look a bit ridiculous when read from the neutral viewpoint of an office e-mail box.

    dear newspaper, I am a lonely, sick, dying person getting ready to give away billions to you, just you.

    Dear newspaper, your PayPal, credit card, debit card, has a problem. Please contact us immediately.

    A couple times I have tried to respond just for the fun of “Thank you for offering to give this newspaper your inheritance.” They never want to play the game though so I don’t know what the next step would be.

    still I have also been caught on the phone with “tell us your …” and automatically I do. I continue to work at resisting their requests and demands via phone. Obviously I am on as many “do not call” lists as I can get on to.

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