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How to spot a phishing email

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How to spot a phishing email

If your inbox is anything like mine then you will be receiving multiple phishing  emails a day, especially if you do not have a spam filter in place.  So how easy is it to spot a phishing email?  We’ve put together some handy hints below to help you spot phishing emails.

1 – Check the sender
This may sound like a really obvious tip, but it’s one worth remembering.  99% of phishing emails will not come from a legitimate email address (unless someone’s account has been hacked).  The devil is in the detail however, an email sent from a unreputable domain may be spelt nearly identically to what you would be expecting, so could be very easily overlooked.

2- Urgency!
If you receive an unexpected email asking for urgent action, whether that be clicking on a link, downloading an attachment or making a payment this is usually a give a way of a phishing email.  If you are unsure then call the sender to check and verify they actually sent the email.

3- Attachments
Attachment are the biggest risk to your systems as phishing emails will contain attachments that include viruses.  Most viruses now are designed in such a way that you do not notice that you have been infected straight away, so that they can glean information from your systems such as usernames and passwords.  Whenever you receive an attachment, whether from a trusted sender or not, best practice is to download the attachment and run it through your antivirus software before opening.

4-Sp3lling
Phishing email nearly always contain really obvious spelling or grammatical errors.  Whilst the content of phishing emails is vastly improved compared to what they used to be like you will find that words are spelt wrong, or phrases are not properly constructed.  If the general feel of the email does not sit right with you then it’s probably a phishing email.

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