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Real or Fraud?

The following excerpts from different emails have one thing in common: they all fraudulently represent real companies.

1. Warning! Your mailbox is 96% full and unless you sign in, you will no longer be able to send or receive emails.

2. Security settings updated, please verify your account and help us provide a safe enviorement [sic] for all our users. To verify your account, please select the ‘Verify Account Here’ link below and enter your credentials.

3. Dear User, You have reached the storage limit for your Mailbox. Please visit the following link to your e-mail access restore. System Administrator.

4. Dear Customer, Thank you for your support, We are hereby notifying you that your online access need to be review on our server for security reasons and some additional mobile security needs to be added. Kindly continue with require information on below link. Note: You will need to update your information for that service completely. 

This text — complete with spelling mistakes and poor grammar — seems obviously fraudulent. But when emails come to you with logos that seem authentic and from email addresses that appear official, they can raise doubt.

Sometimes it’s easy to know that the email is fraudulent: you don’t even have an account with the company trying to scare you! If you do business with the company however, you can check the authenticity with the company itself through their official website or phone number.

In any case, do not click on the links within the email.