Signs of phishing attack generally fit a certain mould and the most common type of scam.
Phishing is one of the longest running methods of cybercrime which people consistently fall victim to.
Typical phishing attacks are scammers sending fake emails asking for payment or fake links asking for sensitive information like bank details to use or sell on.
Email filtering can help send phishing emails to spam/junk folders but requires fine-tuning so legitimate emails can’t get lost.
We have created a checklist to help you look for the following warning signs of phishing attacks.
Signs of Phishing Attack Checklist
Where has the email come from?
Think ‘Nigerian prince’ one of the longest-running Internet frauds.
Spelling, grammar and punctuation poor.
Contains unusual phrases and grammatical errors.
Logos and Graphics
Is the design and image quality what would you’d expect?
Does it refer to you as ‘valued customer’, ‘friend’, or ‘colleague’?
Sign that they dont actually know you.
Creates a sense of urgency telling you to act immediately.
Be extremly suspicious of words encoraging you to act quickly like ‘send details within 24 hours’ or ‘you’re a victim of crime, click here now’.
Emails can appear to come from a CEO requesting a payment to be made to a particular bank account.
Public Email Domain
Large organisations will have its own email domain not an address that ends ‘@gmail.com’.
Look at full email address, not just the senders name.
Misspelled Domain Name
Every domain name is unique but plenty of ways to create email addresses that are indistinguishable from the one they are spoofing.
Suspicious Attachments or Links
Either infected attachment asked to download or a link to a fake website that requires you to login and divulge sensitive information.
Too Good To Be True
Someone offering to give you money? If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.