Think before you click

avoiding computer scammers

A common way of getting a computer infection is by what is called a ‘Phishing’ email – that is an email pretending to be from a trustworthy source.

Quickly spot the red flags and put phishing emails where they belong:-

1. Poor spelling and grammar

While occasional spelling mistakes happen to even the best of us, errors throughout the entire message should be a warning sign.

2. An offer too good to be true?

Free items or a lottery win sound great, but when the offer comes out of nowhere – there’s definitely cause for concern. Do not to get carried away or click without investigating.

3. Random sender

Phishing has advanced in recent years to include an email or offer designed especially for you or your business. Details from public news, such as a recent function or award, or social media can be used against you. If the sender is unknown and you do not know them in any way, be careful.

4. The website or email address is not quite right

One of the most effective techniques used in phishing emails is to use addresses which sound almost right. For example, [microsoft.info.com] or [pay-pal.com].
Hover over the link with your mouse – if it doesn’t look right, or is completely different from the link text, send that email to the bin.

5. Personal, financial or business details

Alarm bells should ring when any message contains a request for personal, business or financial information, especially passwords.

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