Phishing is a massive issue for online users. It is where a user is tricked in to giving away sensitive information due to an email that comes through claiming to be from companies like banks or online shopping sites (e.g. Amazon or eBay).
There are, however, some very easy ways to spot if an email is a phishing email.
The main clue is that companies such as banks or online retailers will never ask for your personal information. They would never send an attachment on any email that you need to download. Not before notifying you anyway.
URL is also a huge give away to identify a phishing email. It could look real, but if you hover over the link with your mouse and the URL shown is different, then it is a scam. You could try searching the URL in a search engine as well. If it is a scam, it usually appears in the first page of results.
Another clue to check for is spelling and grammatical mistakes. Big companies would never send an email with spelling or punctuation errors. They have whole teams to proof read emails before they are sent out to ensure that they don’t look like scam emails and to ensure that the company looks professional. This also applies to pixilated images or logos. If it is the real company, they will have access to the original or logos that are not blurred and they will also choose images that look good.
The amount of phishing emails has increased for 90% of companies around the globe; these are the signs and some of the steps to ensure that you don’t fall for them.