Phishing is becoming more common and spotting a phishing attempt quickly could be vital if you want to avoid becoming the latest catch. Here are three dead giveaways that could prove if an email is phishing;
1. Big companies will NEVER email users asking for personal details, nor would they send you an email unannounced asking you to open an attachment. If either of these things occur, it is most likely a scam.
2. URLs are key. They could look very real and still be fake. The best way to check is by hovering over the link with your mouse to see what it is. Also, if the email contains a URL that you think may be fake, always make sure to paste it into a search engine. If it is a scam it will most likely come up on the first page of results.
3.One of the most obvious sign of a scam is spelling and punctuation errors. A real company will never send out an email with bad spelling and grammar. They conduct multiple checks before sending out emails. If there is a single error at all then it will be a phishing email.
Don’t think that phishing is limited to people impersonating banks as well. Companies such as Microsoft and Sony have been used as a way to get information from people’s phones, games consoles and other places that you might have bank card details. It is an issue that is getting worse but can be easily avoided if you keep an eye out for these signs. Don’t be afraid to get in touch if you are having any worries about an email that you have received.
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