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Can you spot the clues that this is a phishing email?

This email just popped up in my inbox. My office gets sent lots of emails kind of like it, except this one was different. It was a phishing scam trying to trick me into downloading a virus and it could also be targeting your small business.

Here's a copy of the email.

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I spotted the warning signs. Can you?

First off, the newsletters and special offers we send out come from Komando.com email addresses, not the parent company WestStar.

Second, we have no employee here named Dan. We have a Daniel, but not a Dan. With those two initial red lights, I knew better than to click on the attachment.

So as a general reminder, NEVER open an attachment in an unsolicited email. If there are any red flags at all, delete it immediately and don't open any attachments.

If someone on your small business' customer service team gets an email like this, encourage them to contact the person by other means to try and solve their problem, instead of using the attachments.

Some phishing scams are more complicated than others. Click here for all of the warning signs to look for.

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