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Many scams try to sound convincing by selecting an “official” name to represent the sender. These official sounding names appear in front of the @ (“at”) symbol in an email. An example might be:

FacebookSecurity@ssid2763.com

The name in front of an @ symbol in an email address is truly not important and ANYONE can create ANY name they want.  Just because the above email address sender says it is from “FacebookSecurity” doesn’t make it true! Never assume that the name before the @ symbol means the sender is legitimate. (What’s more important than the email name is the domain name that appears AFTER the @ symbol. Read our Member’s article “How to Surf Safely” for a full explanation of domain names and why they are important to recognize scams.)

Here are several examples of emails in which the sender’s email address were all manipulated to look more official. All of these are scams.  Look carefully at the sender's address after FROM:

American Express Security

Apple iCloud update required

Gasoline Rewards Card

Mortgage Rates Down

Pedofile Alert

Tax Relief Approval

Mayo Clinic

These last two also contain another email address that is different from the sender's email and are also made to look official by selecting an important name before the @ symbol:

Powerball Lottery Promotion

Western Union Money Transfer

 

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