9 Useful Tips to Identify Common Phishing Emails

Phishing attacks become more and more cunning. And they always pretend to be innocent in order to cheat people. As they are likely to disguise themselves in all kinds of emails, today we will discuss 9 problematic emails that you have to know.

No matter business or normal social lives, people are likely to contact each other by sending/receiving emails. And a number of people don’t have a good awareness of preventing phishing attacks. Therefore, many criminals choose to disguise themselves in emails and wait to allure someone into a snare. So you should keep an eye on the emails from now on. And learning how to identify suspicious emails is of great vital as well. Here are 9 useful tips for you.

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1.It has wrong grammar or spelling.

This is a very common case. If you find that your email has improper spellings or grammars like “Deer” other than “Dear”, you should be vigilant. Most formal organizations won’t make such small mistakes. Thus, you ought to check emails more carefully.

2.It contains a false URL.

URL in emails is the hardest hit. Many people won’t check it before clicking the URL. If the email says that you have to enter the web page listed below to check your information in bank, you should hover the mouse over the URL to verify if it is a correct hyperlink. If it’s not, then the email must be sent from criminals.

3.It starts with generic greetings

Phishing emails often use generic greetings because they don’t know your name and other personal information. Thus if you receive emails from “close friends” with generic greetings, then you should check the email address. It’s probably mistaken.

4.It requests an immediate response.

You may receive emails saying that you should immediately check your account by clicking the link listed below, otherwise, your account will be locked. It’s a common phishing email as well. You should just login in your account to check it other than click the links in the email.

5.It requests for personal information.

Regular company will never ask for your personal information by emails. No matter how official the email looks like, you should never believe it.

6.It says you’ve won a contest but you haven’t entered at all.

Strange emails will tell you that you have won a prize or other contest that you have never entered before. It’s also a phishing email. This kind of mail likes to deceive people who like to take advantages. You have to believe that the sky won’t fall pie.

7.It contains questionable attachments.

Similar as foresaid cases, normal business won’t send any emails with attachments to you, unless you require. Thus be prudent to those emails with attachments and do not click them casually.

8.It makes unrealistic threats.

For example, an email saying that your email account is in danger for some reasons and ask you to reply it, otherwise, you will get a damaged Outlook. Obviously, it’s an unrealistic threats, the Outlook won’t corrupt simply because you don’t reply the email. This is a phishing email as well.

9.It shows up to be from government.

Usually, the government will not use emails to contact you. They have to follow certain protocols. So when you receive emails which seem to be sent from the government, it’s usually fake.

Author Introduction:

Allissa Shen is a data recovery expert in DataNumen, Inc., which is the world leader in data recovery technologies, including damaged SQL Server and word recovery software products. For more information visit www.datanumen.com

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