how to spot a phishy email
how to spot a phishy email

Do you know how to spot a phishing email?

5 most common phishing email types and an infographic for you to share with your staff!

Have you ever received an email that didn’t look right? Phishing email attacks have become highly targeted and increasingly difficult to detect, therefore it’s important to know how to detect malicious emails. Phishing, is a criminal activity that seeks to gain access to confidential information, such as personal account information from you. This is done by the phishers pretending to be a legitimate person. In most cases, phishing emails are sent to you to get your personal information such as password and credit card information.

The attacker, once successful, can use these to make significant financial gains. Spying usually takes the form of email or instant messaging. The scam message aims to look as genuine and reliable as possible. Therefore, it’s essential for you and your colleagues to know how to identify a phishing effort.

Five types of phishing emails which stand out the most

Most email users receive daily spam, which also includes various phishing messages. Cyber criminals are constantly weaving new stories to gain access to your money. These criminals are particularly interested in acquiring your bank codes and credit card information. IT security company Kaspersky has listed e-mails that are commonly used by criminals to trick recipients. Five types of messages stand out in particular:

Phishing email that looks like it’s from your network operator

A message disguised as sent by an Internet Service Provider (ISP) claims that your email inbox is full, or your login information needs to be updated or verified, or “messages have been placed in an unexpected state due to database update”.

There is a link in the message that you can use to mock the user to correct the situation. The link always leads to a fake site that is phishing. If in doubt, contact your ISP. Contact details can be found on the service provider’s website.

Phishing email taking the form of a valid Social Media invitation

Scams use the names of well-known services such as Facebook and Instagram. The message is designed to appear to come from the service you are using. Furthermore, these message will ask you to verify your account information and you will need to click on the link in the message to confirm. The link you’ll click leads to a fake site. When a user enters their service username and password there, they are immediately transferred to the criminals and they can use your account as theirs.

Phishing email LinkedIn

Phishing email that looks like a notice from a bank

Scam messages sent on behalf of banks are constantly on the move. The message will always ask you to sign in via the link in the message. The link leads to a fake site. which encourages the visitor to enter their online banking IDs or credit card information. Such messages should be deleted right away. Neither banks nor authorities ever request any information via email. Such a request is always a scam.

Phishing email NatWest

Important (phishing) email from a reputable company

Have you received an email from Netflix, Amazon or PayPal asking you to update your payment information? Don’t give these! These messages are always a scam. To make sure that your user account and payment details for the service in question are in order, please navigate to the service’s website, log in to the service and check your information.

Nigerian letters, the most common form of phishing emails

There is still a lot of Nigerian letters circulating, even if you think no one will fly their amazing draws anymore. Nigerian Letters are typical attempts to fool a recipient of a prepayment with a pretext that is always more imaginative. The recipient is asked to help with the huge millions of money transfer or is told to have won or inherited a significant amount of money. There are also mails where someone who has won tens of millions in a miracle lottery wants to donate a million and your email address has been picked up as a million euro recipient.

You only need to pay a small fee to cover your expenses to get your inheritance or other money bag. These charges are then piled up indefinitely as long as the victim believes in cheating and pays.

Nigerian Letter

How do you spot a phishing email?

To help you to detect a phishy email, I’ve created an easy to read infographic that tells you what to look for.

As a core of our services we offer School and Business support, including VoIP, Information management systems and broadband!  If there is anything CoRE can do to help secure your school or business data please don’t hesitate to contact us on 0330 22 35 229 or email enquiries@coreeducational.org.uk

How to Spot A Phishy Email Infographic

Eerik Beeton

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