It’s December, getting even closer to Christmas and Santa’s helpers will be offering gifts at cheap prices, offers will be flooding in by email, but be cautious, they are not always what they seem.
Here are a few tips on what to look for in a suspected phishing email.
The message contains a suspicious web address:
Often the URL in a phishing message will appear to be perfectly Ok. However, if you move your mouse over top of the web address you should see the actual linked address pop up in a small window. If the linked address is different from the address that is displayed, then the message has probably come from someone trying to illegally solicit information.
The message contains poor spelling and grammar:
Messages these days can look very genuine, if a company sends a message to its customers, the message is usually reviewed for spelling, grammar, legality, and a number of other things. If a message is filled with poor grammar or spelling mistakes it probably didn’t come from the company it is claiming to be.
The message asks for personal information:
No matter how official an email message may look, it is always a bad sign if the message asks for personal information. Your bank will not ask you for your details, a reputable company will never ask for your password, credit card number, or the answer to a security questions by email.
The offer seems too good to be true:
Offers on goods that are way below the retail price, be careful, do your research first, the offer is probably too good to be true, your goods may never arrive.
Happy Christmas everyone
PS, if an email contains an attached document, if you are not expecting it and you are not sure who the email has come from, do not attempt to open it, its likely to contain malware or a virus of some description that will infect your PC and starting gathering information about you.