Tips to Spot an Email Scam

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Email Scams

The Today show recently ran a report on how to spot an email scam. Correspondent Jeff Rossen interviewed people on the streets of New York and asked if they could identify the false emails. At first glance, many of the participants in the random study were fooled, but with a little training they were able to spot the fakes with ease.

Here are the recommendations of network security experts:

Check the spelling of the email address: In spoofing emails or phishing emails often one tiny letter is off. But you have to look very close to pick up the error. In the TV report, Rossen showed an email that appears to be from Bank of America but the email address read “bnk” instead of “bank.” That means it’s not from an official company account. I’ve also received an email supposedly sent from my boss but the name was misspelled by one letter.

The email is formatted in a wonky manner:  If the text of the email contains broken or incomplete formatting, such as a blank line in the middle of a sentence or strange spacing, it’s most likely a fake. It is probably a computer generated email with an English translation.

Watch Out for A Request or Link Asking for Updated Personal Information:  Be very careful about sharing any personal information over an unsolicited email. Do not click on any attachments in these types of emails, which often contain viruses and malware. Instead pick up the phone and call the company to verify the inquiry, but make sure to call the real number of the company, not the possibly fake number on the email.

Beware of Deals. If the email congratulates you on earning a cash rewards bonus or indicates you have been selected for some type of deal, it generally should include the last four digits of your account number. If the email does not contain that, it’s most likely a phishing scam seeking your account information.

Notice the Grammar: Grammatical errors in the email are a big red flag. It might be simple but small mistakes, like apostrophes in the wrong place or misspelled words in the text of the email. Sometimes these emails are written in a foreign country by hackers with a less than stellar grasp of the English language. If it looks fishy it probably is.

Last, Slow Down and READ your emails closely: This is the biggest obstacle for most people to overcome when falling for scamming emails because they are simply moving too fast and furious through their email. Clicking and responding in a rushed manner will get you into trouble every time because these emails are designed and socially engineered EXACTLY for this scenario. Scammers are counting on you to whiz through the email and not look too deeply. Then when you errantly click on a malware infested link, they start to infiltrate your network.

Don’t fall for their tricks!

If you need assistance with cybersecurity training for your staff give EnhnacedTECH a call for a complimentary consultation at 714-970-9330 or contact us at sales@enhancedtech.com.

Samantha Keller

Samantha Keller

Director of Marketing and PR at EnhancedTECH
Samantha Keller (AKA Sam) is a published author, tech-blogger, event-planner and mother of three fabulous humans. Samantha has worked in the IT field for the last fifteen years, intertwining a freelance writing career along with technology sales, events and marketing. She began working for EnhancedTECH ten years ago after earning her Bachelor’s degree from UCLA and attending Fuller Seminary. She is a lover of kickboxing, extra-strong coffee, and Wolfpack football.Her regular blog columns feature upcoming tech trends, cybersecurity tips, and practical solutions geared towards enhancing your business through technology.
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