Do You Know How to Spot Fake Emails?10/11/2019
Just because an email has the look and feel of a company you're familiar with, it doesn't mean it is legitimate. Here are some things to check before you click:
- From: Is the sender's email from a suspicious domain or have an odd spelling? Does the sender appear to be from a company or service you have no business relationship with? Is the email unexpected or unusual? Do you have an uncomfortable gut feeling?
- To: Was it CC'd to multiple people that you personally don't know or an unusual mix of people?
- Subject: Does it use a subject line that is irrelevant or inconsistent with the message content? Is it a reply to something you never sent or requested?
- Content: Does the seller ask you to click on a link or open an attachment to avoid a negative consequence? Does the email contain odd grammar or spelling errors?
Resist the urge to click! Instead of clicking on links, hover over them to see the actual URL, then switch to your browser and go to a company's website directly. All attachments can potentially be dangerous! Make sure any attachments you open are from someone you know and trust. Also, be careful not to trust an email's display name, logo, or graphics, even if it is from a trusted company. It's easily spoofed. Instead, check the actual email address.