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Like death and taxes, online scams are inevitable. Among the most widely known flimflams is phishing, in which perpetrators try to steal your private information, such as online-account logins and personal financial data, via fake e-mails, websites, and even phone texts. But a number of telltale signs can help you identify phishing cons. Consumer Reports Technology Editor Jeff Fox sharestips for spotting suspicious emails and how to stay safe online.

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www.consumerreports.org/cro/2012/10/how-to-not-get-phished/index.htm