Check email links before you click them

Phishing (when scammers use email or text messages to trick you into giving them your personal and financial information) and other internet scams are going strong.

One way you can easily see if something is a scam is by either hovering your mouse over a link and seeing if what is revealed matches the expected domain of the sender or by copying the link and pasting it into a notepad to verify the legitimacy of the link.

For example, one of the first things I do when suspect emails arrive is to check the sender. If the sender’s email address doesn’t match the domain of what’s being promoted in the email, chances are pretty good it’s a scam.

Scammers also love to use Gmail because it’s a free email service. I never buy from anyone or use anyone’s services that use an @Gmail email account for their business. I know there are legitimate businesses who do this but do yourself a favor and spend $10 per year for a domain name that you can even use with your current Gmail account if you want to. It’s not only safer-looking to your prospective customers, but it’s also more professional and your business could increase as a result.

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