The following is part #2 of an article started last week.
E-Mail and SPAM
Spam: the one thing that we all agree on - we hate it. (I am speaking about e-mail, not the luncheon meat.) Some estimates claim that 80% of all e-mail sent per year is spam mail. Why do people send it? Because it is profitable! Even if only a tiny fraction of one percent of the recipients are gullible enough to purchase the shoddy products and services offered, that is still enough to provide a wealthy lifestyle for those who send this junk.
There are other variations of e-mail besides spam. Viruses often are distributed by e-mail. Some "phishing" e-mail messages try to trick you into revealing user names and passwords by asking you to sign in to a look-alike site to "update" your information. No bank or PayPal or eBay or anyone else will ever send you messages asking you to "update" your information. Nonetheless, thousands of people fall for these ruses every day, and the scammers steal millions of dollars.
Here are a few rules of "e-mail common sense:"
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