So let’s first start with the definition – what is phishing exactly?
Well, phishing is when criminals use fake emails to lure you into clicking on them and handing over your personal information, or installing malware on your device. It’s easy to avoid a scam email, but only once you know what to look for.
And the thing is, the signs can be subtle, but once you recognize a phishing attempt you can avoid falling for it.
So here are some quick tips on how to clearly spot a fake phishing email:
Contains an offer that’s too good to be true
Languagethat’s urgent, alarming, or threatening
Poorly-craftedwriting with misspellings, and bad grammar
Greetings that are ambiguous or very generic
Requests to send personal information
Urgency to click on an unfamiliar hyperlinks or attachment
Strange or abrupt business requests
Sending e-mail address doesn’t match the company it’s coming from
Oh no! I see a phishing email. What do I do?
Don’t worry, you’ve already done the hard part which is recognizing that an email is fake and part of a criminal’s phishing expedition.
If you’re at the office and the email came to your work email address, report it to your IT manager or security officer as quickly as possible.
If you’re at home and the email came to your personal email address. Do not click on any links (even the unsubscribe link) or reply back to the email and JUST DELETE IT. You can take your protection a step further and block the sending address from your email program, too.
Here’s how to:
Block a sender on Outlook.
Block a sender on Gmail.
Block a sender on Mac Mail.
Block a sender on Yahoo! Mail.
Let them know
Some email platforms let you report phishing attempts. If you suspect an email is phishing for your information, it’s best to report it quickly.
Here’s how to: