Watch Your E's for Cues
Be wary of any incoming e-mails, to any of your accounts, from unrecognized names—especially strange-sounding ones. Spammers often send e-mails using first names only, misspelled ones, or the simply absurd.

If you read just the names and subject lines of incoming messages, you can often tell they're counterfeit because they are riddled with misspellings and grammatical errors. Of course, sophisticated phishers now take the time to proofread their messages.

How to Protect Yourself
Assuming you don't really know Dai, Petter Parrker, or Hudson Fabergé, why bother opening e-mail from them? At the very least, strangely titled or misspelled e-mails are likely to be spam pitches. Yet the mere fact of clicking such an e-mail open can alert the sender that your e-mail address is active—and therefore ripe for attack or sale. Worse, opening unknown e-mail may automatically admit spyware or viruses into your computer.
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