Email Phishing Scams

Email phishing scams can be dangerous and need to be watched out for.  The purpose of email phishing scams is theft – that is to steal from you.

What are email phishing scams?

Email phishing scams are messages sent to you as an email which attempt to trick you into revealing important personal information – such as banking information, credit card numbers and passwords.  The purpose of the phishing emails are to steal your money, open credit cards in your name or even steal your identify.

Often a phishing email received by your computer will appear to have come from your bank advertising an attractive deal such as a low-interest rate.  Never provide your bank account number and password through an email as it is likely to be a scam.  ‘Phishing’ emails appear to be sent by legitimate businesses; besides banks another common scam is to appear to have been sent by telecommunication providers.

Never, ever respond to a spam email, if you do you are letting the spammers know that your email account is active and you will likely receive many, many more spam messages as a result.

How do they do it?

Phishing Scams generally contain a message offering you something for free or warning you of some danger that you need to prevent. The way they work is to get you to click on a link or download a file on your computer – never do this!

It is possible to identify email phishing scams, although it can be quite difficult, however if you look out for the clues provided below you will learn how to identify these scams and then make sure you delete them immediately.

Clues for identifying email phishing scams

Check the attachment

Phishing scams have executable attachments, check the file name before you download it on your computer.

Link to a website

Not only do you have to watch out for executable attachments but phishing emails may include a clickable link to a website.  Once you click on the link you are likely to be asked to provide personal information such as banking account details.  Don’t do it.

Check for spelling mistakes

Phishing emails often contain spelling mistakes and poor grammar.  They also often don’t address you by your proper name.

Check who signed the message

Emails not providing a person’s name, organisation and contact information are often scams.  Look out for messages with vague contact information such as “customer support”.

Who has the email come from?

A common trick of phishing emails is to make the email message look like it has come to your from a contact in your email address book.  These are obviously more difficult to spot and you need to take a moment with all emails to check if they are valid. Phishing emails attempt to look genuine and often copy a businesses logo and often contain links to websites that are convincing fakes of real companies’ home pages. They cleverly create a website using a url that is similar to the real businesses web address.   These can be difficult to spot so you really need to keep your eyes open.

Emails with lots of text in caps

As phishing emails try to appeal to your emotions they often use caps in the message to try to gain your attention, the same goes for an overuse of exclamation marks and warnings such as “Danger!”. “Warning” or “Urgent!”

Example of a Hoax Phishing Email

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