Tips to keep you safe from Phishing email

Phishing emails and SPAM

Tip 1: Don’t trust the sender
A common phishing tactic is to spoof the display name of an email. The sender's email address will be coming from someone not affiliated with the business or organization the message signature suggests.


Tip 2: The message contains a mismatched URL(s)

Check the integrity of embedded URLs. Oftentimes the URL in a phishing message will appear to be perfectly valid. However, if you hover your mouse over the top of the URL, you should see the actual hyperlinked address. If the hyperlinked address is different from the address that is displayed, the message is probably fraudulent or malicious.


Tip 3: The message contains incorrect or poor spelling and grammar

If a message is filled with poor grammar or spelling mistakes, it probably didn't come from a major corporation, or legitimate source.


Tip 4: The message asks for personal information

No matter how official an email message might look, it's always a bad sign if the message asks for personal information. Similarly, CITS will never send an email asking for your password.


Tip 5: You're asked to send money or use a password

Another common sign of a phishing email is that you might be asked for money.


Tip 6: Analyze the greeting

Is the email addressed to a vague? If so, watch out—legitimate businesses will often use a personal salutation with your first and last name.


Tip 7: Review the signature

Lack of details about the signer or how you can contact a company strongly suggests a phishing message. Legitimate businesses always provide contact details and most common a business logo.


Tip 8: Don’t click on attachments
Including malicious attachments that contain viruses and malware is a common phishing tactic. Malware can steal your passwords without your knowledge. Don’t open any email attachments you weren’t expecting or are unsure of.


Keywords:phishing, spam, email, tips, security, malware   Doc ID:62584
Owner:Tom R.Group:UW-Extension and Colleges
Created:2016-04-08 08:10 CDTUpdated:2016-04-08 08:10 CDT
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