It's pretty common nowadays to receive emails, purportedly from your bank or some other prominent business such as Facebook or Paypal, with a message such as:
"To confirm your Online account, You must Sign On before June. 19, 2018. "
"You are required to sign in for verification of account to avoid being permanently locked out. "
or any of a billion other wordings. These are almost always scams. There will always be a link to a website that's going to exploit you while trying to look like the real deal.
The issue is figuring out how to tell the real deal from the scam. These emails are getting harder to identify and closer to looking like the real thing. So how do you tell the fraudsters from the bank/company?
Luckily there are several email programs, as well as many anti-virus packages, which do a great job of filtering out the bulk of junk and scam emails. Thunderbird is an email program with a great built-in junkmail filter which learns over time, based on what you indicate to be junk. And most antivirus packages will have an email plugin which identifies possible or known scam attacks. Eset's Internet Security is a good example of this, as is Avast's package. However these filters don't work when checking your email through a web browser, so it's always good practice to sharpen your mental scam detector.
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