Email Scams: How To Spot Them

Email Scams

Email Scams: How To Spot Them

Email scams are on the rise, and they are becoming more and more sophisticated. Scammers thrive in taking advantage of the latest technology and social media tools in exchange for a bit of money-making.
Many people receive scam emails every day, at all hours of the day. You can find them in an email address book, or even through a website. Email is actually one of the main ways to receive spam! Although spam via email is pervasive, it can be avoided by making yourself aware of what to look for. You can do this by researching about this topic further down the page.

 

What is an Email Scam?

Many Cybercriminals target businesses and individuals via email to appear like the email has come from a legitimate source. For example, a bank, government agency, or other organization. Attackers usually ask you to click on a link, which leads to an unsecure webpage that requires you to confirm personal data. This can also be referred to as Phishing.

 

What is Phishing?

Phishing is the technique that Cybercriminals (hackers) use to mislead you into giving them your personal information/account data. Once they access your information, hackers then can create new user credentials or install malware into your system to steal sensitive data. So be CAREFUL what you are clicking on!

 

What Do These Email Scams Look Like?

Although there is a huge volume of Scam Emails around today, they are much easier to spot than you may think. Once you know what to look for, you’ll never have to worry again.

Examples of Phishing Emails:

  1. When a sender asks you to disclose sensitive or personal information via email – If you receive any emails asking you to input your personal data, they are likely to be email scams. The majority of companies will never ask you for your passwords, credit card details or tax information.
  2. Legitimate companies usually call you by your name – To be able to spot a scam email, look for things like “Dear Account Holder”, or “Dear Customer”. Attackers usually use generic wording. If a company or business requires any information from you, they will always address you by your name/full name. However, some scams are not so easily detectable.                                                                Take a look at the image below, the email looks perfectly legit, right? Well, it’s not! When you get an email like this and are not sure if it’s safe, always check the email domain (the part after the @). This will tell you whether or not it’s coming from a legit sender.                                                                                                                                            example of email scam ccc
  3. Check for spelling mistakes 99% of the time, legitimate emails are fully punctuated and grammatically checked before sending out to anyone. If you notice spelling mistakes in the email that you have received, then its more than likely a scam.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         example of email scam ccc
  4. Avoid emails that include attachments – Most businesses and organisations will not send you random emails with attachments in them, without running it by you first. That means, if you receive a similar email out of the blue, don’t click on it!

 

The moral of the story is, PLEASE check your emails and keep yourself aware of any suspicious behaviour. The last thing you want is someone accessing your personal information. The best way to do that is to get yourself some cyber security, especially if you are a business! Take a look at our security package here and stay safe online.

Layla
layla@inology.co.uk
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