How to Spot an Email Phishing Scam

kirkham's grammar

Although Abraham Lincoln considered his formal education to be defective, from an early age, he compensated by devoting intense effort to self-education through reading. In his twenties, while serving as New Salem postmaster and a member of the Illinois state assembly, Lincoln studied the law and taught himself surveying. After mastering Kirkham’s Grammar, he gave his copy to Ann Rutledge, inscribing it: “Ann M. Rutledge is now learning grammer [sic].” Ann’s tragic death a short time later from typhoid fever ended the couple’s plans for the future.
(From Library of Congress)

Just got an email with the headline:  “Your AOL! Account Termination Request.”  The exclamation point looked phishy.  Sure enough, it turns out that unnecessary exclamations–along with misspellings and bad grammar– are one of the best indicators of a scam.   Hats off to all you grammar teachers out there!  (Exclamation intended.)

How to Spot an Email Phishing Scam / AOL

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