We've all learned to avoid the obvious e-mail scams—but sometimes it's just hard to tell. MarketWatch gives you some tips from separating the chaff from the wheat:
- Know what a phishing scam is: an attempt to con you into supplying ID info, account numbers, names, passwords and so forth. Be wary.
- Do not reply to requests for financial information initiated by someone else. Legitimate businesses will not ask you supply or "verify" account information.
- Never open an unknown attachment, and always keep your firewall up.
- If you're still wondering, check it out on Snopes.com.
- Report scams at once to spam.uce.gov or at the Anti-Phishing Work Group's firstname.lastname@example.org.