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« on: October 05, 2013, 05:20:21 AM »

An increasingly common phenomenon is “phishing”, where messages appearing to be sent from e.g. legitimate financial institutions attempt to trick recipients into “verifying” sensitive data (such as credit card information) on fraudulent web sites.

Legitimate services will rarely (if ever) send messages requesting you to click a link and provide personal or sensitive information. Be sure to verify the source of the message before complying with such a request.

If you receive messages claiming to originate with payment services such as PayPal, eBay, financial institutions, or even Runbox, please verify that the message is indeed sent from the service in question:

Look at the links in the message in plain text (not HTML) view. Verify that the actual link contains the domain name (e.g. or, and not another domain name or IP address, by hovering the mouse pointer over the link while looking at the status bar of your browser. Remember that links in an HTML message may be “disguised” and link to a different server than it appears to do.
Check the message headers. Look at the IP address of the sending server and verify that it resolves to the correct domain and country by using a service such as DNSstuff.
Falsified messages will rarely address you by name or provide any personal information about you except your email address, because the senders do not have access to such information.
See Wikipedia: Phishing for more information.
In the wake of the increased onslaught of junk clogging mailboxes, aggravation and frustration has caused some misguided accusations and misconceptions about how spam is generated and sent. Runbox is dedicated to fighting spam as effectively and unintrusively as possible, and in our Terms of Service strictly prohibits our users from sending any type of spam through Runbox.