Fraudulent Emails: What to Look For

Fraudulent Emails: What to Look For

FROM

TO

  • You were cc’d on an email along with people you don’t know or recognize
  • The email was sent to a seemingly random group of people with no real correlation

DATE

  • Any emails from unusual hours such as 2:45 AM

SUBJECT

  • Subject lines that don’t match up with the content of the email
  • A reply to something that you never sent or asked

ATTACHMENTS

  • An out of place attachment, especially if the email is encouraging you to open it
  • In general, attachments from anyone outside of your organization should be treated with scrutiny and caution

LINKS

  • When hovering your mouse over a hyperlink, the address is for a different website than advertised (this is a HUGE red flag and you should not, under any circumstances, follow a link like this)
  • An email with only a hyperlink and no additional information
  • A hyperlink that is a misspelling of a popular website such as amazom.com

CONTENT

  • The sender is asking you to do something in order to avoid a negative outcome or to gain something
  • Bad grammar and spelling errors throughout (typos happen, consistency is the key factor here)
  • Any encouragement or focus on opening attachments or clicking on links
  • Straight up blackmail

Overall, trust your gut and know that it never hurts to stay vigilant and cautious. An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.

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