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Do not send private information over email or messages

Tip Author: 
Matthew McCoy
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Unless you have a pretty good technology skillset or an IT support organization behind you, it's not easy to be sure who exactly you're getting email from, or to secure messages you send so that they can't be picked up by snoopers. Scam artists love to send emails out to people, pretending to offer a lost inheritance, a really good offer on a white elephant you're selling online, or suggesting you're under threat from some powerful organization.  Sometimes people even write back to such messages with their private information - like bank account numbers. The safe way to avoid hassle is to just keep your private info out of email or messages, and be leary of people who don't do the same.

Tip Theme: 
Email, Texting and Messages
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