Signs of a Phishing Scam

Few signs you are receiving phishing email

An Unusual Sender Address – A clear red flag, a key indicator of a phishing scam.

Multiple In-Text Errors – Another clear red flag. It is rare to receive an emails from a trusted party that’s littered with mistakes. Spelling and grammatical errors can provide very clear signs of a phishing scam

“Urgent” Messages – If you ever receive an email that stresses high urgency, don’t panic. Check the email for suspicious signs first and then act if you feel the sender is to be trusted.

Unusual Attachments – Typically, attachments will come in the form of .pdf, .jpg, .csv, .bmp, .doc, and .docx. If you ever receive an attachment that falls under the file types .exe, .vbs, .wsf, .cpl, or .cmd, proceed with caution. Such file types are often used by attackers to infiltrate your device.

Provided Links – To avoid clicking on malicious links, run any given link through a link-checking website. These sites will scan the link you provide to determine whether it’s safe or not to access. If the website deems the link malicious, steer clear, and block the sender who provided you with it.

Few other provider that you can check these links are :

Norton Safe Web
ScanURL
PhishTank
Google Transparency Report
VirusTotal
PSafe dfndr lab
URLVoid

Sensitive Information Is Requested – So, if you ever receive an email requesting any kind of sensitive information, take a pause to run some checks. Check the provided links, the attachments, the sender address, and other factors before even considering providing your sensitive information, as once the attacker has this, they can potentially cause a lot of damage.

 

 

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