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You probably won’t get taken in by most spam. Let’s face it: emails offering Vioxx, Viagra, or other meds, that low mortgage, get-rich-quick schemes, or mail-order brides waiting for you are all messages that don’t pass the “Do I have ’born to pay retail’ tattooed on my forehead?” test. Even the venerable “419” scam (where someone is the widow of some high official in Nigeria or some other war-ravaged country who has tens of millions of dollars to move out of the country and all she needs is your bank info and a small wire transfer fee) is getting so well known that entire websites like http://www.419eater.com are devoted to scamming the scammers.

Unfortunately, con artists are always looking for a new way to finagle money out of their victims. The latest version is known as phishing. Phishing is where you receive an email that’s supposedly from some organization that you might be doing business with that hands you some variation on the following:


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