5 Ways To Identify Phishing Emails

Cyber crime PhishingFishing is fun until you realize that you are the fish! No matter what you do don’t take the bait. We are here today to educate you on how to avoid getting caught in a phishing scam. Phishing is a cyber-crime that targets email. The sender is someone who is posing as a legitimate business or person making a request for private information such as banking information, credit card information, or passwords. If these criminals are successful in getting this information, they use it to access important accounts which can result in financial losses and possibly identity theft.

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1.    Be aware of the fairytale email. You know, the one that seems too good to be true. These emails flaunt attention-grabbing subject lines and content and feature limited time amazing deals. Don’t fall for it!
2.    Urgent messages-  Most Phishing emails will prompt you to act quickly in order to get in on a great deal or wire someone money for an urgent matter. Do not click on any links, simply ignore the email.
3.    You better not click- Be aware of hyperlinks. We are all drawn to click on them but don’t! Pro tip is to hover over the icon and the real URL will appear. Look for misspellings or a URL that does not match what is being advertised to you.
4.    Don’t see attached- We all add an attachment in our emails and tell the reader to “see attached”. In this case, DO NOT click on that attachment. If the sender looks unfamiliar or the attachment looks strange then steer clear of that email.
5.    Stranger Danger- Phishing emails are pretty savvy at times. You may see an email that appears to be from someone that you know or work with. Pay attention to the sender. It could feature your bosses name but a strange email address. Rule of thumb, if it is unexpected, suspicious, or out of character for the sender then just don’t click on it.

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