How to Know Whether an Email is a Fake or Not

A few nights ago I received an email from "2CO" asking me to update my personal data. The sender did not forget to insert a link to log in, too.

Following are the steps that I have usually taken to discover whether an email came from a rightful person / company or a swindler:

Position the mouse pointer above the link provided by the sender (PLEASE DO NOT CLICK IT!). See on the status bar wherever the URL that appears is genuine.

If you use Outlook Express, in the message list, select the suspected message. click "File", and then click "Properties". Click "Details" to see the email headers.

Notice the "Return-path" part, where you will see the sender's original email address. Notice the domain name (eg … @ xyzdomain.com). Now you can guess with more confidence that it is a real or fake email.

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