Spotting a fake email

Spotting a fake email

One of the many ways that scammers try and steal your information is through what is called a phishing email. It is an email disguised to look like it's from a legitimate source and attempts to gather information from you. 
I've attached an example below, this one is not as clever a some that are out there. I've circled and numbered some of the things to watch out for.
  1. Claimes to be from USPS but the email address is not accurate.
    1. Be especially wary of emails claiming to be from any government agency. These emails will try to use your fear to get what they want. 
    2. actual emails from government agencies will end in .gov and contain the agency acronym after the @ symbol. (example:
  2. Generic introduction with no reference to a name or tracking number.
  3. Still no identifying information. 
    1. a tracking/ticket/case/account number is missing leaving the potential victim unable to verify the information on the relevant company's actual website.
  4. A request for more information with a link that doesn't show where it is trying to send you.
  5. An address not in any way related to the company the email is supposedly from.
Example of Phishing email

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