What They Are and How To Identify Them

Have you received an email that looked a little off? You weren't sure why, there was just something about it that was weird. More likely than not that was a phishing email.

Phishing is the attempt to obtain sensitive information such as usernames, passwords, and credit card details (and, indirectly, money), often for malicious reasons, by disguising as a trustworthy entity in an electronic communication.
Unfortunately for users the ones behind these scam are very good at what they do, making it harder and harder to differentiate between what emails are legitimate and which ones aren't. Even so, there are some specific things you can look for to identify the emails that are scams.

1. Check The Display Name
Most people do not take the time to check the actual address an email came from, but doing so can really help in identifying phishing emails. e.g. if you get an email from your bank but the email address says MyBank@gmail.com, or MyBank@hotmail.com, it's a scam.

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2. Look But Don't Click
If you hover your mouse over a link you will see a little pop up with the actual website that you will be sent to. If the website looks strange in any way or is just a jumble of characters DO NOT CLICK.

3. Watch For Spelling Mistakes
Professional companies are very careful not to have poor spelling or grammar so this can be a good indicator of whether the email is legitimate or not.

4. Is The Greeting Vague?
Legitimate companies more often than not include your name in the salutation, so if the greeting is something like "valued customer" it's probably a scam.

5. Watch out for urgent or threatening language in the subject line
Business are not allowed to threaten to seize money or freeze an account simply because you didn't answer an email. If the email is threatening in any way or is urging you to do something quickly. (e.g. "You just won a thousand dollars click here now to receive it!")

6. Review the signature
Lack of details about the signer or how you can contact a company strongly suggests a phish. Legitimate businesses always provide contact details.

7. Do Not Click On Attachments
Scammers often put viruses in attachments so unless you are specifically expecting an attachment DO NOT OPEN IT.
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8. The message asks for personal information
There's no reason to ever send sensitive information over email, its not a secure way of sending information and there's a very good chance that it's a phishing email.

9. You didn't initiate the action
For example if the email says you won a free cruise, but you didn't enter any contests for a cruise, it's a scam DO NOT CLICK ON IT

Keep these identifiers in mind if you're ever suspicious about an email, and remember it's better to err on the side of caution since many emails are actually scams. But if you're ever not sure about an email, give us a call and we would be happy to help. We now offer online training for your entire staff - email training@allcareit.com for more details.

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