How to Prevent from Common Email Phishing Scams

What is a Simple Strategy to prevent from Email Phishing?

An email phishing scam is a Type of Phishing Attack. Email phishing scams are no longer just princes asking to wire money into your bank account.

 

They are much-much more sophisticated and if you think that you are too smart to be fooled, think again.

 

In this article, we are going to discuss How to Prevent Common Threats of phishing Emails by Using a simple strategy.

 

What is a Simple Strategy to prevent from Email Phishing?

When you look at an email, you’re going to ask yourself four questions.

 

1. Is this email Suspicious?

2. Is it telling me to click a link or a button?

3. Is it offering something that’s too good to be true?

4. Is it pushing me to do something immediately or fast?

 

If we can do that, we can train ourselves to be a little more critical of the emails that are coming into our inbox; we’re going to be much better positioned to not fall for money of these very complex, very tricky email phishing scams that are coming into our inbox nowadays.

 

Now for each question, I’m providing some examples that you can see approximately what it might look like for you to have this type of scam come into your inbox.

 

Is this Email Suspicious?

Does the email look suspicious? Have you ever opened your email before and just kinda get this feeling that something’s off?

 

Sometimes that happens and sometimes it’s a legitimate email, but sometimes that’s a red flag that means you should be paying a little closer attention.

 

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If you look at this email, they’ve got a logo, it looks legitimate, but if you look really close, there are a couple of things that just make it feel not right. There are words like accounts that are misspelled or there’s an improper use of grammar. There’s an impersonal closing where it doesn’t even offer the name of the person who’s writing the email.

 

These are not an indication immediately that that’s a scam, but it is something that should set off the alarm bells and make you look closely before you click any link in that Email.

 

The second question is to ask yourself is,

 

Is this email telling me to click a link or a button?

Another popular scam is let say the Netflix email scam where you get an email saying your account is going to suspended if you don’t update your billing, there been an error in your billing, “Please click here”

 

So you click on that email, you go to a website, you sign in with your credentials and you add your billing information just like they asked you to do, and you’re good to go.

 

Your Netflix continues to stream.

 

But what you didn’t realize is that the Netflix website where you just gave them your login information for Netflix in addition to all of your billing information.

 

This scam can easily be avoided. I’ll tell you how in just a moment, but that’s something you need to be always watching out for. If an email tells you to click a link or click a button, unless you are 100% sure that the link is good, try not to click it. Just you know, pull that finger back. 

 

The third question is to ask yourself is,

 

Is this email offering something that is too good to be true?

My favorite example of this is the Lottery fraud.

 

Let’s say you got an email in your inbox that said Hey lucky person! You have won 100000$.

 

Sounds great, doesn’t it?

 

All you have to do is click here and redeem your money. Sounds like everything that you would want, but it is a little too good to be true, isn’t it?

 

If someone offering you something too good to be true, Stop there and run away.

 

And the fourth and final question is,

 

Is this email pushing you to do something immediately or quickly?

Now, this is the type of scam that really preys on our emotions. So let’s say you get an email from what you think is a family member or a friend telling you that they are stuck in some place and they need 100$ immediately in order to fix their car or to get back to their house or to get a hotel room and they need you to wire this money. Don’t even ask about it, Just send this money to this bank account.

 

Please, can you help me?

 

Now of course we want to help and maybe they do need help. But again, you need to stop before you just quickly do something that may cost you a lot of money in the end.

 

So let’s say now that you’ve asked the four questions and you suspect that this email is a phishing scam, what do you do now that those red flags in your head are flying?

 

Well, there is one thing that I recommend and that is to find a way, a different method, or a different way of communication to verify the veracity of that email.

 

Let’s say you get this urgent email from a friend of yours or a family member asking you to send money, we’ll find a different way to connect with them to confirm that something like this is indeed happening.

 

If you are getting an email from Netflix saying that you need to update your billing information instead of using and clicking that link, why don't you go to a different browser, click and open Netflix and find out if they are actually asking you to update your information. Same with a bank, same with anything else.

 

Don’t click on the links. Don’t immediately do what they’re asking you to do. You need to confirm it through a different method.

 

Because we have already discussed what happens if we click on phishing links?

 

Now, is this going to protect you from all phishing scams?

 

Absolutely not, there are new and better ways that people figure out how to scam us out of our money and how to scam us out of our information. But these four simple questions-

 

1. Is this email Suspicious?

2. Is it telling me to click a link or a button?

3. Is it offering something that’s too good to be true?

4. Is it pushing me to do something immediately or fast?

 

These, if we can keep that in our mind and allow them to send up those red flags are going to keep us from falling from the most simple email phishing scams that are out there.

 

Hopefully, this is helpful to you. If you like the article, please share it with your friends and family so anyone doesn’t fall into such email scams.

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