Just opening an email or clicking on a link can do your computer or device harm. A malicious email can aim to take anything from your passwords to banking details or other private details.
The best way to avoid these types of emails is to know what to look for to avoid them. So, what signs point straight to a phishing attack? Here’s what to look for.
1. Check the Address
Everything about the email before you open it may look trustworthy. For example, you may have received an email that looks exactly like other emails you’ve received from big brands, like Amazon.
However, when the email is opened, before you do anything, check where it’s coming from. You must look at the email address it’s been sent from. If it’s genuine, you’ll likely see an @amazon.com address. If it’s not, the address is more likely to be from someone random.
2. Spelling Mistakes
If upon opening the email, you’re unsure whether or not it’s genuine, look at the spelling. You may find that the title is misspelled or there are lots of spelling errors throughout the content.
If the email was genuine, there wouldn’t be spelling mistakes. Large companies usually have their content proofread before sending it out to customers or clients.
3. You’re Being Asked For Information
Your information is private and it should remain that way for your security. For instance, your bank will never ask for your banking details over email- they already have the details they need. You should never be asked for your full address or any passwords.
If you’re being asked for this information, it’s highly likely you’ve opened a phishing email and do your best to report it. For example, if the email is claiming to be your bank, you can send a copy to your bank’s customer services department.
4. It’s Too Good To Be True
If the email seems too good to be true, it probably is. For instance, if an Arabian prince is offering to send you millions of dollars out of the kindness of his heart and all you need to do is provide your banking details, it’s certainly a hoax.
Be very wary about any email that attempts to lure you in with the offer of a reward. Have you won the lottery even though you never bought a ticket? Always remain vigilant.
5. A Threatening Email
It’s easy to fall for these types of emails. Perhaps you’ve been contacted by ‘the government’ asking you to pay a bill that’s overdue. Maybe your bank is telling you your account has been hacked and you need to fill out a form to get your money back.
Firstly, no business or officials would threaten you via email. Secondly, even if money was overdue, you’d never have to provide your details via email.
Spotting a Malicious Email
Spotting a malicious email is about using your common sense. Never provide any personal details to strangers over email. Take a look at how to keep your website security as safe as your email.