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Have your Checklist ready the next time you receive a fishy email

Author: ITS

Posted on Apr 15, 2015

Category: IT Security , Tips and Tricks , General Interest

As more people become aware of email scams, it forces scammers to get more creative with their phishing attempts. Email scams can look almost identical to a legitimate one. Not everyone has the time to spend hours investigating an email to ensure its legitimacy. That’s why we created a 4-step check list to help you quickly and easily identify if an email is a scam.
  1. Check who the email is supposedly coming from and ask yourself if this is a service you are using or if you were expecting such an email. If you do not use the service, or were not expecting this email, that should be a red flag.
  2. Check the To: and From: fields. If the sender’s email is not consistent with the organization the email is supposedly coming from, that should also be a red flag.
  3. Check the Subject line and body of the message. Emails that are vague, have grammatical/spelling mistakes, mention something you have no knowledge of, and/or do not provide  details on an attachment accompanying the email, are all red flags.
  4. Finally, check any links within the body of the message, without actually clicking them. Browsers and email clients usually display the URL in the bottom corner of your window when you hover the mouse over them. If the URL is not consistent with the organization that is supposedly sending you the email, you guessed it –another red flag.
We hope these steps help you identify any possible phishing emails. Awareness is the key to preventing scams. If you have a scam on your hands, report it and delete it. For more tips on how to better protect yourself from email scams, visit UNB’s webpage on Safe Computing.wpid-c2489aad83ca06150183e1ade1b0a703Survey-.jpg