Phishing emails try to trick us into revealing personal information such as passwords and financial data – don’t get caught out!
Here are our 6 ways to spot Phishing emails:
- Be on Guard: If something does not feel right, trust your instincts. Phishing emails look like real emails, so always check.
- Poor English: The biggest giveaway is poor grammar and spelling. If it does not read correctly or there are obvious spelling mistakes, it’s fake.
- Urgency: Does the email have a time limit? Many phishing emails try to make you act quickly, either by winning a prize or closing your account.
- Check Links: Do you recognise the link as genuine? Look carefully. On first glance it may look correct, but it could be misspelled. Don’t click if in doubt.
- Asking to Verify: If the email is asking you to verify your personal or financial details, be wary. They may have some details about you already, but still don’t trust it.
- Email Address: Check the email address, as they often come from a public email provider such as gmail or hotmail. If in doubt, discard the email.
Phishing emails come in many different forms, but the end result is to get you to act. If you have concerns, contact the organisation that reported to have sent the email by phone or web chat to check on its authenticity. Never follow a link if you are not 100% sure it is legitimate.
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