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There are 5 ways to know this email is fake: How many can you spot?

3. Language

The hallmark of most phishing emails is the terrible use of the English language. Even in cases like this where the hackers take the time to get a template of a real Amazon email (although that security logo is an obvious addition), they still can't seem to write good copy.

While a company's official email might have the occasional misspelling or grammar gaffe, a standardized notification email like this should be perfect. Plus, this sentence alone would get any Amazon employee fired: "We have temporarily suspend your account and your access to online Amazon and will be restricted if you fail to update"

4. Instructions

Aside from how the email is constructed, pay close attention to what it asks you to do. It says that there was a security problem with your account and you need to click a button to log in. That's a classic phishing technique.

Any responsible company that's sending out an unsolicited security notification will tell you to go to its website home page and log in to your account from there. It might tell you to call customer service with any questions. It won't tell you to click a button or link, or download an attachment.

5. Fine print

Because this template was stolen from a real Amazon email, the fine print doesn't match up with the main body. Specifically, this line stands out: "Please note that product prices and availability are subject to change. Prices and availability were accurate at the time this newsletter was sent; however, they may differ from those you see when you visit Amazon.com." Obviously, this was a deal or product notification email the scammers used, not a security email.

So, how many of those problems did you spot? Would this email have fooled you if it showed up in your inbox? Let us know how you did in the comments, and if there was anything else that tipped you off that we didn't cover.

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