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How To Identify A Phishing Email?

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Updated: December 5th, 2022

Have you ever received an email that looks like it's from a friend or a trusted source, only to find out that it's a scam? Unfortunately, phishing emails are becoming increasingly common, and it can be difficult to tell them apart from the real thing. In this blog, we'll show you how to identify a phishing email so that you can protect yourself from getting scammed.​

What Is Phishing?

Phishing is a type of online fraud where scammers use fake emails, websites, and other deceptive methods to try and get your personal information. 

What Is A Phishing Email?

A phishing email is a type of scam that attempts to trick you into giving up personal information, such as passwords and credit card numbers. The email typically looks like it's coming from a legitimate source, such as your bank or employer, but a malicious actor sends ita malicious actor sends it.

The goal is to get you to click on links in the email that will take you to a website designed to steal your information. This can be done by getting you to enter your login credentials on a fake website or by prompting you to download malicious software that can give hackers access to your computer.

How Can You Identify A Phishing Email?

1. Suspicious Email Address

Check the sender's email address to ensure it looks legitimate. If the email appears to be from a company or organization, look for spelling mistakes or other irregularities in their domain name that would indicate a scammer is trying to impersonate them.

Scammers often try to copy reputable company emails. This allows them to fool people into thinking the email is from a legitimate source. Always check the sender's email. If you find it doubtful, head over to the company website and match their official email.

2. Unsolicited Attachments

Only open attachments from senders you know or weren't expecting. Opening attachments can put your computer at risk for malware and viruses.

These attachments often contain announcements. For example, scammers may send you a flyer announcing that you won a bumper prize or offer a gift. Don't open any attachments, and delete the email right away.

3. Threatening Language

Be suspicious of emails such as "you must act now" or "your account will be closed if you don't respond." These are often phishing emails trying to pressure you into taking action.

Please keep in mind that Banks are there to facilitate you. They will never want to close a customer's bank account. It goes against their policy and business model. Always call your bank and confirm if their representative contacted you. No bank will ever ask for personal information, such as credit card details or account passwords.

Scammer target our vulnerabilities. They know that we are procrastinators and hurrying to get things done. They often use urgency to make us act. Don't let them trick you by responding to such emails!

4. Unfamiliar Links

Only click on links from senders you know or were surprised to hear from. If the link seems suspicious, hover your cursor over it to see where it's going before clicking.

These links can often bait you into logging in to your Facebook or Instagram account. Such links are meant to steal your account id and password. Never sign in using links you receive in DM or email. Always type the authentic URL yourself.

5. Poor Grammar

Phishing emails often have typos and other errors that give them away as fake. Legitimate companies take the time to proofread their emails, so watch out for any glaring grammar mistakes or spelling errors.

Using the tips above, you can easily identify phishing emails and keep your information safe. Remember to be vigilant when opening emails from senders you don't know or weren't expecting to hear from.

Final Thoughts

Phishing emails are a serious threat to your online security. While malicious actors may be getting more sophisticated in their attempts, you can always stay ahead of them by knowing how to identify these fraudulent emails. Privacy Hawk aims to educate individuals on protecting themselves online and to stay protecting themselves online and staying safe from cyber attacks. Stay informed, and remember, always be aware of what you open in your inbox!

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