Phishing emails are now a big part of our lives now! Getting people to click on links on emails is now a big business. There are hundreds if not thousands of genius programmers that sit there and find ways to get past network and email security. This article will help you decipher suspicious emails you receive. Reading this article will probably help you not waste hours of recovery time in your business!
- Unexpected Email – If you get an email out of the blue from a large supplier, bank, post office, police, government, or any other corporate; be alarmed. Ask yourself if they’ve emailed you before asking you to click on a link? If not, delete the email. Emails that require clicking on a link are usually ones that we need to reset passwords for or from a reliable person rather than someone called ‘Federal Police’. Large corporate companies almost never will ask you to click on links on any email.
- From Email Address – Always check the from email address before clicking on any link in an email. If it isn’t from company.com or company.com.au; it should raise alarm bells. Email addresses like firstname.lastname@example.org is not a genuine address. Go to the last part of the email address (in this case post.com) and see if the website is genuine and if you have requested anything from them. If it it has no website or rubbish content, delete the email. If the email looks anything like below, delete it!
3. Hover Over the Link – Looks can be deceiving! A URL, when written out can be very different to where it is about to take you. For example. Linkedin.com in this link is pointed to Lindentech.com.au; hover over it to see it for yourself. Do this for any email you think was suspicious before clicking on any links. Check that the link actually points to the right location you’d expect. For eg. Australia Post links should take you to AustPost.com.au
4. Grammar and Formatting – Very often, IT nerds that design these viruses and emails are from countries where English isn’t their first language. Often you will notice their Grammar, spelling, and formatting is poor. If you see any small errors like that, be sure to delete those emails; banks, police, government, and such departments don’t make silly mistakes often.
5. Junk Email Folder – Emails that pass some spam checks but don’t fully verify, end up in the junk mail folder. This is almost saying that don’t open that email and don’t click on any links in it. If you really think it is legitimate follow the same process above to ensure it’s integrity.
If at any point you have doubts about an email that you have been sent – please forward the email to us and we can scrutinise it for you and reply back. Alternatively call the Lindentech Support team on 1300 85 77 45.