Seven Tips For Detecting A Phishing Email

Phishing Tips

Cyber criminals might send an email that looks legitimate, known as a phishing email, but you can take steps to avoid the traps!

  1. Watch For Overly Generic Content And Greetings
    Cyber criminals will send a large batch of emails. Look for examples like “Dear valued customer.”
  2. Examine The Entire From Email Address
    The first part of the email address may be legitimate, but the last part might be off by letter or may include a number in the usual domain.
  3. Look For Urgency Or Demanding Actions
    “You’ve won! Click here to redeem prize,” or “We have your browser history pay now or we are telling your boss.”
  4. Carefully Check All Links
    Mouse over the link and see if the links destination matches where the email implies you will be taken.
  5. Notice Misspellings, Incorrect Grammar, & Odd Phrasing
    This might be deliberate attempt to try to bypass spam filters.
  6. Check For Secure Websites
    Any webpage where you enter personal information should have a url with https://. The “s” stands for secure.
  7. Don’t Click On Attachments Right Away
    Virus containing attachments might have an intriguing message encouraging you to open them such as “Here is the Schedule I promised.”