Friday, March 4, 2016

Don't be Conned or Pfished!

This with most email was full of notes from businesses and junk. And, usually I delete all of it. While doing so, I thought I'd share a simple little "trick" with you. You may already do/know this...but perhaps not.
We are our own 1st Line of Defense against con-artists that pfish the internet trolling for folks to give out there personal information.
Here is a screen print of part of my email list this morning.
I have "hovered" my curser over the note from about their Big Red Tag Sale. When hovering...their full email address will show on the screen. No clicking...just HOVER.

Now, Looks what happens with another Email I also received...

This time, while hovering over what is "supposed to be" is NOT actually a paypal email address but someone from "". THIS IS NOT a true email...but someone fishing for information. I did not open it...and I know that I SHOULD NOT open it..because I have checked the TRUE email against what the email name is showing on my mail list.

Do this...and save yourselves some headaches!



Melody said...

I didn't know this, thanks for sharing this with us.

Robbie said...

I am glad you have shared this with your readers...I've shown this 'tip' to my husband often! He's been hacked twice! Hmmmmmm wonder why! He now gets these dumb ads all the time from other solicitors he never signed up for. Me...not so much. I may get 2-4 spam a have to be so careful on sites you click...again...nice job explaining to folks!! i should be so nice! HA

Renee said...

A friend of mine once mentioned she wondered what the world would be like if these con-artists put the same amount of effort into something positive. Thanks for the tip! I've also found spelling errors and grammatical mistakes in the subject line are clues not to open.

Anonymous said...

The more you label it spam without opening, the more likely it is to go straight to your spam folder, too!

Annette said...

Thank you and there are so many sneaky ways to get into our computer, makes my head spin. xoxoxoxo

Can't Stop Stitchin said...

Oh Kathy
Thank you so much for showing me this tip ! I need all the help I can get to be safe on the internet.

Pamela Kellogg said...

Kathy, yes, I do this too! Thank you for posting this for people who didn't think about it!