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How to Spot a Phishing Email - Tips

  • June
  • 28
  • 2017

How to Spot a Phishing Email - Tips!


Recently many of our Clients and Contacts have been asking about Phishing emails so here are some tips on how to spot and protect yourself. Look out for more tips to come next week too.


Tip #1 - Don't Trust the Display Name A popular Phishing Tactic among cyber-criminals is to spoof the display name of an email! Here is an example: Spoof of the hypothetical brand Your Bank the email may look like:

To: You
From: Your Bankaccounts@secure.com
Subject: Unauthorized login attempt

Since Your Bank doesn't own the domain secure.com this will not be blocked on Your Bank's behalf. This fraudulent email, once delivered, appears legitimate because most user inboxes only present the display name. Always check the email address in the header from - if it looks suspicious, don't open the email.


Tip #2 - Look but don't CLICK

You can hover your mouse over any links embedded in the body of the email to view the end destination. If a link address looks weird or is spelled incorrectly, don't click on it. If you want to test the link, open a new window and type in the website address directly rather than clicking on the link from unsolicited emails.


Tip #3: Don't give up personal information

No matter how official an email message might look, it's always a bad sign if the message asks for personal information. Your bank doesn't need you to send them your account number. It already knows what that is. Similarly, a reputable company should never send an email asking for your password, credit card number, or the answer to a security question.