What are Phishing Emails?
A phishing email is an email orchestrated by a criminal who often has the aim to steal user data, login credentials and/or credit card details. These emails appear to be real and increasing are more sophisticated, making it harder to spot a real email from a fake.
Criminals want you to fall victim by inputting personal data or clicking on malicious links so it’s important that you educate yourself on how to spot a phishing email so you don’t get fooled.
5 top tips to help detect a phishing email!
- Links and Attachments
- Check the “From Address”
- Grammar and Spelling
- Is it URGENT?
- If you’re not sure. Ask!
- Be wary of suspicious links and attachments. If you’re unsure, don’t click! It’s always better to access your account via the website directly than to click a link on an email.
- Always check the from address, often it’s easy to spot a fake but sometimes you need to take a closer look as small changes such as a “.” or “-” have been altered.
- Check for simple typos and sentences that don’t make sense. Fonts and colours that don’t match the brand is also a good give away.
- Attackers like to create a sense of urgency to instil panic, as panic often makes you more likely to make a mistake and click to pay the fraudulent overdue payment.
- Even if the email appears to be from a colleague, be cautions of attachments and links. If in doubt, call the person emailing you or ask for a second opinion!