I wrote this for my friends and family and I thought I'd share it here:
Last week my wife got an email message that looked like it was from our bank. (The message had similar coloring and branding as our bank's) It asked her to go to another website and update her account information. It was a scam to try and get our bank account information. I thought I’d share with you all a few tips for avoiding email scams like this (and viruses, malware, and the like, sent via email):
A quick note about searching and surfing: Build a trusted network of sites for various subjects. For instance, when I want to check out movies, I go to the MSN movie site, or the Internet Movie Database, because I know these are reputable sites.