The senders actual email address does show as well if you hover the cursor over the sender’s address.
Sometimes, the more expert scammers will send out messages that have been spoofed i.e. the sender’s email address is altered so the message does seem to be from whatever address the scammers want to impersonate.
Some scammers go to the trouble of using email address that are people you know – family, friends, acquaintances, work colleagues etc. They get this information from a variety of sources and use it to try to get through any email filters you have in place and to encourage you to read the message and possibly click on any links inside it.
As the scammer doesn’t know you, they will typically create a very short message e.g.
“Hey, I thought you’d like to see this”
Or “I came across this about you” and a link which contains the victim’s name
Or maybe just a link and no explanation.
Be careful over messages that appear to be from someone in your contacts list but from an odd address. Don’t click the link just because you recognise the name.
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