Tips for spotting a phishing email

January 25, 2019
Use these easy tips to help you identify phishing emails in your inbox:

1. Email address isn’t genuine
Phishing emails will often come from an address that at first glance appears to be genuine. Scammers aim to trick recipients by including the name of a legitimate company or person you know within the email address. Take a moment to examine the email address and you may find that it contains a glaring typo or is a bogus variation intended to appear authentic. If you’re still uncertain if the email in your inbox is a phishing scam or not, use a different communication method to reach out to the person it was supposedly from.

2. Asks for personal information or money
It’s a red flag if the email requests you to confirm personal information or provide something of value that you wouldn’t usually provide, such as login credentials, bank information, or gift card codes. 

3. Poorly written
If you received an email and it’s riddled with poor language and various typos, this is a strong indicator it is a phishing email. Read the email and check for spelling and grammatical mistakes, as well as strange turns of phrase.
 
4. Suspicious links
Phishing emails may include an attachment or link to direct you to a page where they will attempt to capture personal information or install malicious software on your device. Hover over any links in the email to see if the web address is recognizable and authentic. Never click links or download attachments in a suspected phishing email.
 
If you believe you’ve received a phishing email, delete it. Do not reply or send requested information.