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Getting Spoofed

Getting SpoofedThree days AFTER Halloween, I got spoofed.  That means that someone claimed my email identity and used it to create scamming email messages.

The spoofer sent email messages out to some of my contacts, asking them to donate gift cards.  And they even specified what kind of gift cards!

Fortunately, the people who received the messages were observant and skeptical/suspicious of the legitimacy of the message they had received and contacted me to double check on it.

Unfortunately, there is nothing we can do to stop someone from spoofing our name in an email. They will use a valid email address, but it just won’t be YOUR email address. 

As citizens, it is important to be aware of name spoofing and to ALWAYS closely check (inspect) the email address that a message was sent from before replying to the message, or before downloading any attachment that came with the email message.

The topic of hacked email is addressed by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) on their website.  The information provided there speaks to these issues:

The FTC website also provides reliable information pertaining to “Privacy, Identity and Online Security,” “Scams,” and other topics.  The gateway to FTC Consumer Information https://www.consumer.ftc.gov/.

Photo Source: https://pixabay.com/illustrations/scam-phishing-fraud-email-attack-3933004/ (downloaded 11/10/20)


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