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How to Block Phishing in Windows E-Mail Programs

Phishing is a scam. It begins with an email that compels the recipient to provide personal (e.g. Social security number) or financial information (e.g. account numbers) via email or a website. Your email program most likely provides protection against email phishing scams. It definitely does if you are using Windows Live Mail or Windows Mail.

To confirm that Windows Live Mail is configured to protect you against phishing scams, follow these steps:

  1. In Windows Live Mail, choose Tools→Safety Options.

    You may need to press the F10 key to see the menu bar and choose the Tools menu.

  2. Click the Phishing tab.

  3. Ensure that a check mark appears by the item Protect My Inbox from Messages with Potential Phishing Links.

  4. Click OK.

To confirm that Windows Mail will screen phishing attempts on your behalf, do this:

  1. In Windows Mail, choose Tools→Junk E-Mail Options.

  2. Click the Phishing tab.

  3. Ensure that a check mark appears by the item Protect My Inbox from Messages with Potential Phishing Links.

  4. Click OK.

When a potential phishing email message comes in, such as one that contains a misleading web page link, you’re alerted before the message ever roosts in the Inbox. The warning dialog box is shown. Simply click the Close button.

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By clicking the Close button, you instantly stuff the suspect message into the Junk E-Mail folder in Windows Mail.

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