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Chapter 13. Security and You > Steering Clear of Spams and Scams

Steering Clear of Spams and Scams

Another assault on your privacy and security comes from the realm of email. One form of abuse of your privacy is spamming. This is when a company or individual sends you frequent emails promoting a product, site, or service when you haven't requested such email. Some of this email can be offensive in nature.

The other worry about email is that you'll get an offer for something—a free gift or lucrative career opportunity, for example—that is really just a come-on from a shady business or individual. The variations on how these people trick you, from getting you to give them your credit card number, which they then use for their own purposes, to selling you something that is not as they represented it, are many.


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