Received a notice in my email this morning that looked like a normal, Paypal transaction confirmation notice. Since I was only halfway into my first cup of coffee, my initial reaction was shock! I am hyper-alert when it comes to my online accounts – whether it is banking, Paypal, Amazon or whatever. I have made it a habit to ALWAYS check through the corresponding website rather than clicking any link within the suspicious email. Here’s why…
This image shows the body of the email as it appeared on my screen – I highlighted the linked text to show what an unsuspecting person might click on:
This image shows what appears in the lower left corner of my screen when I simply place my cursor over the link (DO NOT CLICK the link – just hover)
In case you can’t read the link very well it reads:
You can easily see the link has nothing at all to do with Paypal
Don’t be suckered in by scams! Remain hyper-vigilant in inspecting content before clicking on anything, ever.
The best advice I can possibly give is to never, ever click on links from within your email when it pertains to your finances. If any financial institution or credit account sends you an alert – there will be a way to confirm whether the email is legitimate or not from inside your accounts dashboard.
Keep your finances safe, especially this holiday season when scammers seem to be more ruthless than usual.
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