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Phishing (Scam) emails shoule be deleted, Never respond to one or click on any link in these emails.


If you know anything about the Internet, then you know that Phishing is a scam where some unscrupulous contributor to society designs an email to look like it comes from some legitimate business. It's usually a large business because that increases the chances that someone is a client of that business.

After they design this email, they then use a program that generates millions of random emails or they just buy a list of actual emails from another unscrupulous person. 

Two such scams showed up in my personal email last week.

The American Express one looked pretty good. If you receive a Phishing email, delete it. Do not click on any of the links. If you do, you open the door for a virus or spyware and even worse, you click the link and then fill in the information they ask for. 

The second email from "Wayne" made me laugh. I responded to "Wayne" and said, "Really Wayne, tell me more!"  I should have just deleted it, because by responding, my email is now "active" which means that the scammers know it is a live email. Just delete these kinds of emails and never click on the links or respond to them.

Officer Larry Jacobs is a Crime Prevention Specialist with the Sandy Springs Police Department. He can be reached at ljacobs@sandyspringsga.gov.

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