How to Recognize Phishing Emails – Usually we use email to send messages to other people. Usually email is used when we are working in the office. But there are some fake emails too. But, don’t worry, there are several ways you can do to identify phishing emails. In order not to be easily fooled, read to the end, come on!
1. Remember, legitimate companies have official email domains
Phishing emails can be identified by their domain address. A legitimate company must have an official email domain, says the Security Metrics page. For example, of course you would rather trust an email from the address “firstname.lastname@example.org” than “email@example.com” right?
However, cybercriminals are not at their wits end. They can use domain spoofing to spoof website names or email domains to deceive targets.
The goal is to trick users into interacting with malicious emails or phishing websites, as if the emails were legitimate. Wow, tricky too, huh?
2. When sending emails, official companies generally call our names
According to the Security Metrics page, phishing email perpetrators usually use common greetings such as “dear valued member”, “dear customer”, or “dear account holder”. Meanwhile, if a legitimate company needs information about our account, they will greet us by name (using a personal approach) and may direct us to contact the company by phone.
However, this is not an absolute rule. Because, in emails containing advertisements and promotions, official companies sometimes do not mention names at all. This loophole is used by perpetrators of phishing emails. Don’t worry, though, because there’s still another aspect that determines whether it’s a phishing email or not.
3. After all, official companies don’t usually ask for sensitive information via email
Generally, most companies don’t ask for passwords, credit card information, credit scores, tax numbers, or other credential data via email. Especially, if they send a link to log-in or ask us to click on links and attachments. It is certain that it is a scam, said the Security Metrics page.
There is another trick that is done by phishing email perpetrators, which is to create a sense of urgency to users. In emails, they may “threat” that our account will expire if we don’t immediately click on the included link or attachment, says the Imperva page. This psychological pressure makes the user panic and lose alertness.
4. Usually, phishing emails have poor grammar
This is one of the easiest ways to spot a phishing email, by looking at its style. Phishing emails generally have poor grammar with messy spelling, explains the Security Metrics page. Meanwhile, emails from official companies or organizations are usually well written.
However, behind the bad syntax, it turns out that the perpetrators of phishing emails have their own goals. They target uneducated people and believe that they are less observant of details. For perpetrators, people like this are easy targets and easy to deceive.