Tips for Detecting Phishing Emails
Cyber criminals send emails that looks legitimate and appears like its coming from a trusted source, this is known as phishing. Here are some steps to avoid the trap:
- Watch for Generic Content and Greetings- Cyber criminals will send a large batch of emails. Look for generic salutations such as “Dear valued customer.”
- Examine the Entire Email Address- Hover your mouse to the name of the sender, to check what email address it is coming from. The first part of the email address may look correct but the last part might be off by a letter or may include a number in the usual domain.
- Look for a Sense of Urgency or Demanding Action Items- Examples of these type of emails are requests from the head of the company, asking key associates to change their financial information such as bank accounts, or requesting to purchase large sum of gift cards and provide them with the gift card numbers via email, or asking for personal information such as an employee’s social security number.
- Carefully Check All Links- Hover your mouse over the link to see if the link destination matches where the email implies you will be taken.
- Notice Misspellings, Incorrect Grammar, and Odd Phrasing- These might be a deliberate attempt to bypass spam filters.
- Check for Secure Websites-Any webpage that is secure have a url with https://, The “S” stands for secure.
- Don’t Click on Attachments Right Away- Always verify to make sure the email came from a trusted source before opening attachments.
If you are unsure if you are receiving a legitimate email, you can always verify with a phone call to the source confirming the validity of the email.