*.dat File

I just got an email from a reliable source, but the attachment is an *.dat file.  I am running Windows 7 and Outlook 2013.  Is there a program that opens *.dat files, or shouldn't I even try?  How is an *.dat file created.  I tried to attach the file, but this website won't allow for *.dat files to be uploaded.  Is there a security risk?

Thanks,

Phil
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djcanterCommented:
Is it winmail.dat? Sometimes exchange doesn't process an email properly and creates the winmail.dat file.
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philsimmonsAuthor Commented:
The file name is correct, with only the "dat" suffix a problem.  The file name is:

board resignation letter.dat
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djcanterCommented:
You can try opening in Word by following the below.

http://smallbusiness.chron.com/open-dat-file-word-54899.html
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Thank you!
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