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When you get an e-mail from hell

Innocuous-sounding e-mails can actually be scams in disguise, so pay attention when you open them or click on links

Innocuous-sounding e-mails can actually be scams in disguise. PHOTO: LIANHE ZAOBAO
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One morning, from out of the blue, you get an e-mail from your buddy/bank/broker congratulating you on a surprise win and asking if you would like the money to be transferred to your bank account.

The e-mail, addressed to you by name, is short and crisp and sounds formal. The sender wants you to confirm your bank details by clicking on a link in the e-mail.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on April 03, 2019, with the headline When you get an e-mail from hell. Subscribe