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Find the source of phishing scams

Find the source of phishing scams
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If you're like most people, you've received many suspicious emails in your life. There are obvious ones, like: "Looking for a partnership in business" from a Nigerian government official. Yeah, right.

Other spam or phishing emails are tougher to spot. How about, "Congratulations, you're a winner" or "Join millions of Americans?" If you've been a Komando.com reader for a while, you wouldn't open these emails, or click on links or attachments, which would likely infect your computer with malware.

But, before you report these emails as junk or a phishing scam to your email provider, you may want to find out where the email originated, to see if it's OK or suspicious. To do that requires a little bit of work, but there's a site called MXToolbox that can help.

Note: Many email services like Gmail and Outlook do a good job of junking suspicious emails before they get to you. Still, some get through.

If a suspicious email makes it through to you, you want to find its source in your email headers. It's easy to find email headers, if you know where to look.

Next page: How-to find email headers
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