Message > All Headers.
In Outlook, open the email you want to check, and then click File > Properties.
Check to see:
if the "from" email address matches the name of the person displayed as the sender;
that the "reply-to" address is the same as the sender or the site that the email purports to be from;
that the "return-path" is the same as the reply-to - you don't want to think you are replying to "John Doe" when your response will go to "Scammy McScammer".
The email header is a good starting point, but you'll also want to ask yourself about the content of the message. If you weren't expecting a message from that individual or organization, think twice. Also, look out for spelling or grammatical errors. A difficult-to-read message could indicate an unsolicited email from someone with a limited grasp of English.
If the email is pressuring you to act quickly or making an emotional plea for you to do something, be wary. Scammers often rely on urgency or our desire to help. That's how they trick people into clicking on links or open attachments.
Better Safe Than Sorry
If you aren't sure about an email's legitimacy, slow down. Before you act, go to your contact list and send a direct message to that sender's address to confirm the request. Or call the sender or company the sender apparently represents to verify that the email is a real one.
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