Spotting Fake E-mails

As CPAs, we are entrusted with confidential client information on a daily basis.  The net result of this added information is an increased vulnerability to scams, and one could argue that we have an increased responsibility to be more vigilant.

This morning, I ran across an email from PayPal (eBay’s payment service) listing their Top Ten Ways to Spot Spoofed E-mails.  Essential reading for all staff and partners – because the people who generally get sucked into these scams are the people who know the least about computers.  Although I don’t agree with the author’s premise that there’s a toolbar to solve any problem (I pretty much oppose any toolbar except the Google toolbar (sans information sharing)), I think the information is well written and communicates good tips to the average user.