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How To Spot A Phishing Email

Nov 19, 2020 | Cybersecurity | 0 comments

Phishing is a type of online scam where criminals send an email that appears to be from a legitimate company and ask you to provide sensitive information. This is usually done by including a link that will appear to take you to the company’s website to fill in your information – but the website is a clever fake and the information you provide goes straight to the crooks behind the scam.

The term ’phishing’ is a spin on the word fishing, because criminals are dangling a fake ’lure’ (the email that looks legitimate, as well as the website that looks legitimate) hoping users will ’bite’ by providing the information the criminals have requested – such as credit card numbers, account numbers, passwords, usernames, and more.

Here are some clues to identify a phishing attempt:

  • Legit companies don’t request your sensitive information via email
  • Legit companies usually call you by your name
  • Legit companies have domain emails
  • Legit companies know how to spell
  • Legit companies don’t force you to their website
  • Legit companies don’t send unsolicited attachments
  • Legit company links match legitimate URLs

Here are a few things you can do to protect yourself from phishing attacks:

  • Ensure you have a secure Spam filter in place
  • Scrutinise unsolicited communication.
  • Take your time.
  • Contact the company directly.
  • Visit websites directly.
  • Ask before opening attachments.
  • Check for secure websites.

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