Phishing emails can often be cunningly disguised! How can you ensure proficiency in spotting the difference between a real, legitimate email and a fraud? This blog seeks to provide you with 5 top tips for spotting a phishing email.
1. Fake Email Address-
The first thing you notice when you receive an email is who it is from. Usually it is only the name displayed, not the full email address, and this tends to catch people out. However, when you expand the name on the full address, it can reveal the real identity of the sender.
As displayed via the above image, double checking the email will give a clear indication that the email address is forged and is indeed therefore a phishing email.
Tip: If the address has spelling mistakes and several additional letters or numbers, it is most likely a phishing email address.
2.Spelling and Grammar Mistakes-
Most phishing emails are people pretending to be businesses and even from the government. Within these emails, there are often many spelling and grammatical mistakes. These errors are obvious indications that the email is a scam. When anyone emails you, they usually proof read a good number of a times, especially if it is a business or government representative.
3. Email requests for personal information-
No matter how genuine the email you receive looks, if the email asks for personal information, that should always be a warning sign! Many phishing emails seek key areas of personal information such as your account number, credit card number and name on the card; information your bank would normally already have! Furthermore, if you appear to receive any email from a social media network such as Twitter asking for your password then again this would be very suspicious.
4. Suspicious Links Attached-
Many phishing emails will provide a link to click on to redirect you somewhere. Whether it is asking you to update your account information or asking you to click to read more, always make sure to hover over the hyperlink to make sure if it looks reliable. Sometimes, the link appears to be valid but by hovering over the link you can see what the actual hyperlink is. As shown in the image below, if the hyperlink has a suspect link then it is most likely a phishing email.
Tip: Beware! Many assume that because they see the company name in the hyperlink or state a common phrase such as “log in your account now”, then the link is safe.
Phishing emails tend to make threats to you along the lines of:
- “Your account will be closed!”
- “You have been hacked into!”
- “Please take action now!”
Emails with messages like the ones above are often used as scare tactics to concern you. The best course of action in these examples is to get in contact with the real company that emailed you to confirm if it is a valid request.
How Sweethaven can help?
. Sweethaven can help to further minimise the threat posed by phishing emails with a number of tailored solutions, including:
- Test phishing emails to monitor your staff’s response and to see how adept they really are at spotting a fraudulent email
- Spam control: Sweethaven’s tailored SpamStore solutions can help to improve company productivity by preventing spam / phishing emails entering your network, reduce processing and storage costs + much more.
- Office 365 Implementation to ensure a secure service.
- Our ongoing Security-as-a-Service packages for monthly support around enhanced network security
To find out more about the above services and further ways in which Sweethaven can support you in the fight against cyber-crime, drop us an email on firstname.lastname@example.org