Like all scams, phishing attacks are frustrating.
These are texts or emails where cybercriminals send fake messages that may seem to come from a legitimate source. The message might prompt you to click a shady link, share your password, or open a malicious attachment that will infect your device with a virus or malware.
So, how can you protect your business from phishing attacks? Knowledge is power, and with these four signs of a phishing email in mind, your company can make fraudulent messages a thing of the past:
The email is full of grammatical and spelling errors.
Real companies employ professional marketers who are trained writers and proofreaders. Meanwhile, phishing emails are typically full of errors and unnatural-sounding language. In many cases, they’re actually machine-translated into English.
So, the next time you receive an email full of spelling and grammar mistakes, know that it’s very likely a phish. Don’t take the bait, and drag the unread email into your trash folder instead.
The sender’s website and email address look suspicious.
By design, phishing emails target the busiest people—and the most gullible. The email, at first glance, may seem to come from a reputable source.
Take a closer look, however, and you’ll see the source is actually a strange variation of a company you know. You might receive an email stating your “Neflix” payment is late—or, the sender might write to you from a domain along the lines of @uber.rideshare.com instead of @uber.com.
The email asks you to share your personal details.
Does the email seem authentic, only the sender wants your personal details? Think twice before sharing your contact info—and do not, under any circumstances, share your information online before confirming the sender’s identity.
Whether the email asks for your corporate login info or your bank details, do not reply to any suspicious links directly. Even if you think the email is genuine, you should contact the company to verify the request.
The email is written with a false sense of urgency.
Does the email state you need to pay up now, or your account will be closed? Does it imply you’ve been hacked on social media, and that the only way to verify your identity is to log in immediately by clicking the sender’s link?
Phishing emails are meant to make the recipient panic, causing them to act without thinking. Don’t let this be you. No matter the circumstances, take a moment to make sure the email is authentic before compromising your information.
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