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Know where you're going

Nami at 10 weeksKittens are cute bundles of almost boundless energy and curiosity.  But let’s face it, at that age their sense of self preservation isn’t usually well developed and they often leap into things without looking.  If something looks interesting, they’ll just go for it, without realizing that paper bag their about to jump on to reach the toy doesn’t actually have a top.  That’s what a lot of scammers are counting on as well.  That their link, attachment, email or web page look interesting and safe enough for you to use. 

Even if the web page or email looks “official”, it’s not an indication that it is legitimate.  Many scams that are trying to trick you into clicking on a link or entering your information go through the effort of trying to look official to encourage you to use them.  In just the past week, I’ve gotten scam emails supposedly from Twitter, Facebook and even the FDIC that copied the look and/or logos to try to trick me into thinking they were real.  Banks, credit cards and Facebook have been the target of more than one phony login page scam as well. 

Before you click on a link, it’s not a bad idea to check just where the link is going.  If you put your mouse cursor over a link—don’t click, just place the cursor over the link—you’ll see the real address.  In Thunderbird, Firefox and Internet Explorer it’s in the lower left hand corner of the window.  So if you’ve got any doubts about a link, take a few seconds to check where it says it's going.

Example of the fake Twitter email:

Fake Twitter email
If you look in the lower left hand corner, you'll see the URL isn't even close to a URL you'd expect to see from Twitter. 


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