We have already written an article regarding phishing and why it is catching so many people out, but as time goes by, phishing emails are becoming more common, sophisticated and harder to spot. There are ways to avoid them. There are often telltale signs that things might not be what they seem. Here are three dead giveaways that could prove if an email is phishing;
- 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.
- 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.
- 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 off of people’s phones, games consoles and other places that you might have 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.