A Phishing email is one of the most common forms of scam and has been very common for a long time, and they continue to be effective despite many people knowing about them already. To prevent yourself from falling victim to a phishing scam it is important to do some phishing email training to know how to identify one. Here are several key tips:
Carefully Examine The Sender Email Address
The sender of a phishing email will often try to disguise themselves as a popular company, such as Facebook or Apple trying to obtain log-in information. A key giveaway is the sender’s actual email address, not just their display name. If the email address is a public domain, such as gmail.com, or a misspelling of a popular company, such as “faecbook.com”, it is a phishing email. Most businesses, outside of very small businesses, have their own email domain and will only email from that domain.
Check If The Email Is Poorly Written
One of the key giveaways of a phishing email is incorrect grammar, spelling, or email formatting. If you are receiving an email asking for information from a colleague or major company, they will likely not misspell words or use improper grammar.
Think Twice If There Are Suspicious Links Or Attachments
Phishing Emails that are disguised as large companies sometimes use fake website links or buttons to get victims to provide log-in information. Malware can also be sent via email, and opening an infected attachment is all that it takes to infect your system. It is critical to see the landing page domain of any links clicked in an email and to only open attachments from trusted senders.
Beware Of An Overly Urgent Tone
Phishing emails usually try to elicit a quick reaction, and one of the most common ways of doing so is to give their message a sense of urgency. Sentences such as “I need you to complete an urgent task for me” or “Please respond as soon as possible” may be clues if you were not expecting an urgent email.
Check If There Is A Personal Salutation & Review The Signature
Another major giveaway when spotting a phishing email is the salutation and signature. Major companies you have accounts with or professional colleagues will address emails with your name, phishing emails will sometimes use vague or non-specific salutations to start the email. Email signatures will also often be misspelled or missing completely.
It is extremely important to know how to identify a phishing email, and it is crucial for your business that you make sure your employees can as well. Contact us today to learn more about our phishing email training.