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Smug consumers used to be able to identify a phishing expedition by merely looking at the Web browser’s address window to determine whether the e-mail purporting to be from some company with which they generally dealt was legitimate. If the sender’s e-mail address began with an unusual number configuration or had random letters, this indicated that it was phony. The e-mail addresses of legitimate companies are usually simple and direct. Unfortunately, this is not always the case. Now computer-savvy identity thieves are able to mimic the legitimate e-mail addresses of legitimate companies.

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