3 Ways to Spot an Email Phishing Attempt

Hackers and scammers are constantly coming up with new ways to collect your personal data for nefarious purposes. One of the most common forms of these comes in the form of email phishing. We'll talk about how to identify...

by | Dec 8, 2020 | Blog

Hackers and scammers are constantly coming up with new ways to collect your personal data for nefarious purposes. One of the most common forms of these comes in the form of email phishing. We’ll talk about how to identify these emails, coming up next.

Sometimes all it takes is a simple email to dupe people into giving up their valuable personal information. These emails attempt to con you out of passwords, bank account numbers, and even social security numbers. Learning to spot these phishing scams is one of the most important things you can do in order to safeguard against having your identity stolen. Here are some key points to look for the next time you are reading through your email.

Number 1) Notices of “suspicious activities”

Pay close attention to emails notifying you of suspicious activities on your account, especially if you don’t have an account with or don’t recognize the vendor. If the email is from a vendor you know then make a quick phone call to the company to verify.

Number 2) Asking for personal information

Most companies would never ask you for personal information via email so be on the lookout for any emails asking you to verify any sort of account number, login details, or other personal data. If you do see an email that is asking you to verify any sort of personal information then treat it with caution and contact the organization directly. Never provide personal data via email.

Number 3) Email address and links

Phishing emails will often come from email addresses that at first glance appear to be genuine. Pay close attention to the sender’s email address, make sure that the domain of the email address matches the company in question. Check any links by hovering over them in your email client and be sure the domain looks legitimate before clicking on it.

The next time you are sorting through your email be sure to pay attention to the tips mentioned today so you can learn to identify phishing emails. If there is ever a question about the validity of an email regarding your personal information then be sure to reach out to the company directly to help ensure the safety of your data. Do you have questions about how we can help keep your business safe? Give us a call, we’re glad to help.

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