Don't Get Caught by Phishing Emails

by Keith Williams
Phishing Emails

The internet has undergone phenomenal development since its inception. With this the world as we know it has become a much smaller place. Many individuals and businesses use the internet as the place for doing many of their business and financial transactions. One of its advantages is that it has become a great time saver and is easy and convenient to use. However, this has also opened up the door for another type of malicious application which wants to put our personal information at risk. This dangerous online threat comes in the form of phishing emails.

These phishing emails often land in our email inboxes and have one purpose, to lure or trick us into exposing our identity and sensitive information such as banking details. Often they even disguise them as coming from institutions you might be associated with. Fortunately there are a few characteristics which often expose their real identity.

Professional institutions will always have their corporate identity clearly displayed and it will be present in the source address from where the mail originated. In many cases the source email address from a phishing email will not have any relevance to the business it is claiming to represent. This is a feature which can be used to assist in identifying such a scam email.

Many who are active in the business or corporate world knows how important greeting is. Most business tries to make their communication to clients or even potential clients as personal as possible. Fortunately, this practice has not been adopted by the senders of phishing emails. Most of the time phishing emails will address the reader in a generic fashion and it will not be personal.

As most of the institutions we engage with are professional in their action, they would take the necessary steps to ensure that their clients receive communication which is grammatically correct and free from spelling errors, etc. Many such businesses might even employ proof readers which scan their communication before it is distributed as their image is at stake. Scam mailers do not have this luxury and are not concerned about their image. As a result their mails are often riddled with various grammatical and spelling errors.

Phishing emails are often aggressive in their approach. These emails will threaten with one or other action if you do not react on their information immediately. In total contrast to businesses that depend on their clients to exist and will never try to offend them in any way.

More often or not a scam email will present a link and will attempt to get the reader to click through this link. Remember there is no danger when the email is opened, but by clicking through the link you open the door to malicious threats which want to access your sensitive information. By hovering the mouse over such a link will reveal an address that is not associated with the apparent company it represents.

Now you have some information which will assist you in identifying these dangerous emails. It must also be remembered that these scammers are on the increase and you should always be vigilant in looking out for them.

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