7 Ways to Spot a Fake Email

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We’re all getting more and more emails every day, and hackers are taking advantage of it. Phishing and spoofing emails are designed to look like legitimate emails from a familiar sender and entice you to click an innocent looking link that actually downloads malware.

Thankfully, these emails have some telltale signs you can easily spot if you know what to look for.

The Sender: Check the domain the sender is using. An email from Amazon support should be from support@amazon.com, not support@amason.ioasf3.oiasoiawfjx.com.

The Recipient: Were you CC’d along with a bunch of random people you don’t know? If so, don’t click on anything.

Links– Much like the domain, links should be to site with familiar URLs. You can check the destination URL by hovering over the link with your mouse before you click. This rule also applies to unsubscribe links. If you a get a fake email, don’t click unsubscribe, just delete it.

Time– If you get an email from the accounting department that was sent at 2:00 am, watch out. Business emails sent at unusual business hours should sound the alarms.

The Subject– If the subject line looks like spam, it probably is.

Attachments– If you weren’t expecting or don’t normally get attachments from the sender, it might not be safe.

Content– Spelling errors, bad grammar, offers that are too good to be true, and obvious ploys to get you to click or download are all signs the email might be fake.

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