Phishing email (or Spoof email or Hoax email) attempts to fake appearance of popular website and businesses for stealing personal information.
Here are ways to identify Phishing email.
- Generic Greeting - Phishing email typically starts with generic greeting such as “Dear User” or Dear Customer”.
- Fake Links – Most phishing emails use valid looking links. Mouse over the link or right click and see link properties to see actual hyperlink before clicking on the link.
- Sense of urgency – Phishing emails generally use scare tactics. These emails try to force customers in taking action by stating that account is about to be closed if account information is not verified. Always suspect email that seems to generate a sense of urgency.
- Legitimate looking Sender’s Email id - Do not trust ‘From email id’. Sender’s email address can be easily altered.
- Attachments – Sometimes phishing emails send attachment in the email to install virus or spyware on the computer. Suspect email with attachment.
- Deceptive website URL – Secure websites start with https. Always confirm if website URL is correct. It is always good idea to type the website url directly in the browser and avoid following link from email.
As phishers learn, they tend to use more advance methods. So, always be suspicious of sending information in email and following email links asking for personal information.