Is it okay to open a message in the spam folder?

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Is it safe to open a message that has gone into the spam folder?
ASKED: March 7, 2013  8:42 PM

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Most of the time, probably yes.

But why take a chance if you are not sure it is an autentic message.

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  • TomLiotta
    Probably. But there are always risks opening e-mails from an unknown sender or even e-mails from known senders if the subject is apparently faked like "I found this site you should like". It doesn't matter if it's in a Spam folder or not. Valid e-mails can be incorrectly identified as possible spam. E-mails are usually sent to the Spam folder to give you a chance at retrieving ones that are valid. -- Tom
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  • carlosdl
    Be very careful.  Many security incidents start with a user clicking on a link included in an e-mail message.  If you don't know the sender it is probably a good idea not to open it, and if you know the sender but are unsure if the message is legit, it could be a good idea to contact him/her to ask about the message.
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