Ways To Easily Recognize Phishing Emails

December 16, 2009 | By | 4 Replies More

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As I have discussed on my previous post some of the useful ways on how to identify a phising site, this comes in as my second installment however this time is particularly focused on determining some of the most important components of phishing emails.

Phishing Emails

Phishing Emails

Looking back to the previous “Paypal phishing email” I have received, here are the essential indications that you can find (see email screen shot below).

“From” Address is Completely Fraudulent and Unofficial

Avoid these links from site’s and as much as possible check the companies’ official URL.

Don’t fall for Call-to-Action statements

We all know that it’s pretty to fall into a trap with warning such as “Alert Account blocked” so never ever believe this trick.

Look for Generic Greetings

Okay, the bad guys doesn’t really know who you really are so basically they would do just about any trick to get you following they’re suggestions.

Watch out those links before clicking on them, like I said before Interclue add-on for Firefox or hover on the link and watch what you see on your taskbar.

And finally, don’t forget to report those phishing emails to the proper authorities so can they track them down in their system and inform others of this undesirable modus operandi.

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  1. Charles says:

    So many of them want you to go to an “official” website and sign in, giving them some kind of personal information. They never cloak the url of the actual site you end up on. I got from the “IRS” that took me to some site hosted in Denmark.
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  2. John Samuel says:

    One more thing I have noticed is that such mails will have some or the other spelling mistakes. It can be easily figured out. Since a mail sent from a PR of a company won’t have any spelling mistakes.
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  3. Mathdelane says:

    That’s not always the case, I once received an awfully written email from my previous host Byet.org which means we really cannot just easily assume.

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