Every day we receive emails, and while some scam emails may be obvious, it’s getting harder to decipher between the real and the fake as scammers get more savvy.
If you’ve recently received an email regarding your banking, a package delivery, hospital appointment, work contracts, website hosting or an account breach, then here’s what to look out for:
Always check the email address of the sender, alarm bells should be ringing if the domain doesn’t match that of the “company” that has sent you an email. For example, if you receive and email from Santander about account information and the email reads “firstname.lastname@example.org” then you know for sure that it is a scam.
It’s important to watch out for spelling mistakes in an email address too, as they may look legitimate at a glance.
Additionally, it’s important to note that a scammer can change how their email address is displayed. Always click on the email address itself to reveal the actual address.
Tone & Grammar
If the tone of an important email seems inappropriate, or the spelling and grammar is incorrect then it is almost certainly a scam.
Links & Buttons
Before clicking on anything, hover over the link with your mouse or hold down on the link on IOS devices to preview the link, without opening it.
Again, checking the spelling is important as an L could be replaced with 1 or I. If the link is a long string of letters and numbers, don’t click on it.
Remember to always call the company in question if you’re ever unsure, however, no reputable company will ever ask for your personal details via email and almost always state this on their website.
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