A common phishing scheme is spamming recipients with messages with or without attachments under a name of a trusted person or organization. The objective for these fake emails is to trick unsuspecting users into divulging private data. Users that respond to these phishing emails subject themselves and their company by posing a great risk on the computing devices that are in use.
These types of phishing emails contain links, which will lead you to web pages with malicious codes and viruses that can infect your computer and steal critical data.
How to Identify Email Phishing?
- The hyperlinks: When you take the cursor over the link in an email (in the FROM column), usually the complete and authentic URL will appear.
- Grammatical errors: Banks and credit card organizations have departments to assure that anything issued is grammatically correct.
- The HTTPS: In an email, if you are being directed to the bank’s website and the URL bar is not showing “HTTPS” then, it is a sign that you should close the window.
- Plain text /No logos: Most legitimate messages are written in HTML including a mix of text and images.
- Listed as your email address: If you observe that your email address is in the sender field instead of the receiver, it is a sign of a fake email message.