Don’t be fooled, be smart!
There’s been a huge increase in email scams and phishing, which affects millions of vulnerable users worldwide. As technology develops, online attackers are using all sorts of programs and tools to try and gain control of your personal information, such as usernames, passwords and billing details with malicious intent for a financial gain. With email phishing scams becoming scarily more frequent and clever, it’s vital to stay one step ahead and understand ways to identify them.
How do I know if I’ve received a Phishing Email?
It can be hard to tell but as long as you exercise caution, and look out for the following precautions, there are always ways to help avoid falling victim to these scams. Remember, if you are not 100% sure that it is a real email from a real person, don’t reply and inspect it carefully for these tell-tale signs.
Always check the actual senders email address (not the name of the sender).
Fraudsters will typically mimic and portray themselves as support reps from companies such as Google, Facebook, Microsoft, Amazon, HM Revenue & Customs etc. to name a few. Check the actual senders email domain. Looking at the picture below you can see that the senders email address doesn’t look trust worthy at all (random numbers and letters) despite appearing to be being sent from ‘PayPal’. This is an obvious sign it hasn’t been sent from a legitimate source and is indeed fake although looking real.
Always check the URL Address within links before clicking on them.
Most phishing and email scams want you to download files or click on links within them. Check the path of where the links within that email are leading to. For example, the link below states that it will take the user to the ‘Log in’ page for PayPal, when really it links to a completely different website.
Never open attachments from unknown sources. Check with sender to verify.
Furthermore, fraudsters like to send fake invoices and attach them to their emails. These invoices are often dangerous files that can harm and take control of your computer system. Never, click or download any attached files from a sender that you are unaware off, even if the email states to open the file. Don’t do so until you are certain it is from a legitimate source. If in doubt, call the sender to check they did indeed send the email to you.
Keep vigilant and educated. If something seems odd or unusual, it’s probably a fake.
If you’re not sure as to whether an email is legitimate, your best bet is to ignore and delete it. Assuming the email was legitimate and important, the sender is likely going to find another way to contact you again if they haven’t heard back. Take into consideration most established companies tend to not ask for confidential information via email, so take that into account before sending any personal information to an unknown identity.
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