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I'd point out that when dealing with e-mails that are "unsolicited" you should always do your due diligence in vetting them. A few good things to do are:
1) Check the raw source of the e-mail for the originating e-mail server's IP address and name. Is this a legitimate e-mail server for the supposed sender?
2) Check any URL's in the e-mail for what the actual link that you're going to is, rather than what it says it supposed to be. Many scammers are now using images and such from the actual site in the e-mails they send out to provide a more legitimate looking e-mail. When in doubt, go to the company's website and click on the contact e-mail there and send them a message, forwarding the e-mail you received in its entirety and ask if the e-mail is legitimate. Also, google the e-mail address and website URL to see if any warnings have been posted about either of them.
3) DO NOT CLICK ON ANY LINKS IN SUSPICIOUS OR UNSOLICITED E-MAILS. If you have an e-mail from your bank, go to their website by typing the URL directly in the browser instead of clicking on the link.
4) Please note that NO LEGITIMATE E-MAIL WILL AS YOU FOR ACCOUNT INFORMATION OR PASSWORD IN AN E-mail. E-mail is an insecure protocol and they are usually sent in CLEARTEXT—unencrypted and visible to anyone with the right software on the internet. Any website that is legitimate will have a security certificate that you can inspect using your browser. If the name does not match the website, be very cautious.
5) Use a website like DNSSTUFF.com to verify WHOIS information for any URLs you may have received.
If you want more information on how to check any of these, I can post examples....
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You know what the first rule of sailing is? ...Love. You can learn all the math in the 'verse, but you take
a boat to the sea you don't love, she'll shake you off just as sure as the turning of the worlds. Love keeps
her going when she oughta fall down, tells you she's hurting 'fore she keens. Makes her a home.
—Cpt. Mal Reynolds, Serenity (edited)
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Last edited by sailingdog; 08-26-2010 at 12:15 PM.