Like it or not, phishing scam emails somehow enter into your inbox. If you don’t pay attention or have no knowledge to identify them, you will suffer great loss.

Now let us go through the key points you should take care for specific emails as this example.

  • From Field: Is the Sender’s Email Address familiar? Does it look like a made-up? Is it consistent with the purported sender of the email? Does it appear different if you hover over it with your cursor? All of these could indicate a phishing attempt.
  • To Field: If the sender addresses you generically as “user” or “customer” or “recipients” in this case, this should be a warning sign.
  • Date and Time: Was it sent at an unusual time? That is, not during normal “business hours”?
  • Subject Line: Phishing emails often try to create a sense of urgency to hurry you into making a rush decision. Words like “urgent”, “immediate” and “important” are not uncommon.
  • Body: The content of the message often contains spelling and grammatical mistakes and continues with the sense of urgency to get you into clicking without thinking.
  • Link/attachment: Phishing emails will try to trick you into clicking on one of these, as with “Update Now,” either to begin a covert malware download or to take you to a legitimate-looking phishing site to fill-in your details.

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