Email Safety

Email safety means following best practices when you send and receive email.

Never include sensitive information in email.
Forged email purporting to be from your financial institution or favorite online store is a popular trick used by criminals to extract personal/sensitive information for fraud.

Never open or respond to SPAM (unsolicited bulk email messages).
Delete all SPAM without opening it. Responding to SPAM only confirms your email address to the spammer, which can actually intensify the problem.

Never click on links within an email.
It is safer to retype the web address than to click on it from within the body of the email.

Don’t believe the hype.
Many fraudulent emails contain urgent messages claiming your account will be closed if sensitive information is not provided immediately or that important security information needs to be updated online.

Never give out your email address to unknown websites.
If you don’t know the reputation of a website, don’t assume trust. Many websites sell email address or may be careless with your personal information.

Don’t open attachments from strangers.
If you do not know the sender or are not expecting the attachment, delete it.