Phishing Emails: How To Detect Them?
Watch out for these ten telltale signs!
1. Display name: don't trust the sender's name
Just because it is coming from a person you know or trust doesn’t mean the email is from them. Look at the email address carefully.
2. Look, don't click.
Move your mouse over the email and see if anything weird pops up. If the text looks weird or it asks to download something, don’t click on it – report it.
3. Spelling errors
Phishing email senders are not concerned with grammar or spelling. If you find easy spelling or grammar mistakes, consider previous emails of the actual sender.
Is the address too general or not precise? Is it addressed to “dear customer,” or “dear manager” but not you personally? If you encounter this, don’t open the email and report it.
5. Personal information
Any professional company will NOT ask you for personal information via email.
6. Urgency: beware!
Any email with any urgency is a phishing email, e.g., Nigerian prince, CFO wiring you $1 billion, or some widow wants to leave all their money to you, BUT you to wire them $1000 first.
7. Email signature
Check if the sender has a full signature block at the bottom of their email. If none is present, this is not a legitimate sender.
One of the easiest tricks is with interesting attachments. It could have a long name, or have a weird icon, or it may look like a Microsoft suite tool. Be careful!
9. A purchase order from an unknown customer? Don't open it!
No matter what doubt you may have about these emails, please refer to your IT team so they can double check the email with you!
10. If you're still not sure, ask your IT team!
No matter what doubts you have about these emails, please refer to your IT team so they can double-check the email with you!
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