Email phishing scams involve criminals trying to obtain sensitive information. And unfortunately, these attacks are a rising threat that veterans need to know about.

Many people think of email scams as those from criminals pretending to be deposed royalty from foreign countries, but today they’re a lot simpler and easier to fall for.

Often, these scams appear to come from loved ones, usually after their own email accounts have been hacked. Thieves may ask for money to be transferred to specific accounts for what seem to be plausible reasons.

Others could try to get personal information that could be used in identity theft, or attempt to get people to visit websites or open attachments that will put viruses on their computers.

Usually, the only way for email users to avoid these issues is to be vigilant, and use their best judgment when dealing with any messages they receive, whether they look suspicious or not.

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