Do not respond to
unsolicited (spam) email.
Do not click on
links contained within an unsolicited email.
Be cautious of
email claiming to contain pictures in attached files; the files
may contain viruses. Only open attachments from known senders.
Scan the attachments for viruses if possible.
Avoid filling out
forms contained in email messages that ask for personal
Always compare the
link in the email to the link you are actually directed to and
determine if they match and will lead you to a legitimate site.
Log on directly to
the official website for the business identified in the email
instead of "linking" to it from an unsolicited email. If the
email appears to be from your bank, credit card issuer or other
company you deal with frequently, your statements or official
correspondence from the business will provide the proper contact
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actual business that supposedly sent the email to verify
that the email is genuine.
If you are
requested to act quickly or there is an emergency that
requires your attention, it may be a scam. Fraudsters create
a sense of urgency to get you to act quickly.
Remember, if it looks too good to
be true, it probably is.
[Text from file received from Chief
Lincoln Police Department]