How to Spot a Phishing Email

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Phishing emails are a common threat that plagues users across the digital world. With hackers becoming harder to detect, RCS has compiled a quick guide filled with advice to help you become a phishing identifying expert and stay ahead of the game! Whenever in doubt of the legitimacy of an email look over these quick tips or download our complete Phishing Guide at the bottom of the page to keep and share with your employees and friends.

 

 

Be Skeptical

Hackers love to mislead users with spoofed Display Names, Subject Lines, and Headers from

well known businesses in order to lure in unsuspecting people.

 

Look Don’t Click

You can preview an email before fully opening it so you can potentially spot danger before it’s

too late! Remember to utilize this preview mode to keep your devices safe.

 

Signature & Greeting

Impersonal emails that address you as vaguely “Valued Customer” and a lack of contact details

in the signature of the emails are red flags for a potential phishing email!

 

Spell Check

Businesses take pride in their materials sent out to customers so it is often safe to assume that

if there are blatant misspellings and poor grammar then this email is spam.

 

You’ve Won!

When emails appear too good to be true offering you grand prizes even though you haven’t

participated in anything to receive it DON’T CLICK! It’s most likely a scam.

 

Aggressive Language

Fear is a powerful tool hackers use to make users send them information. Email’s threatening to shut down your account should be further investigated by contacting that company directly.

 

Opening Attachments

Hackers often hide malicious viruses in attachments so unless you were expecting to receive one or personally know the sender you should never randomly open them.

 

Covering Expenses

Often when a sender is starting to request for you to send them money for fees or other

expenses this is a red flag for a phishing email and potential scam.

 

Private Information

Never send any sensitive or private information such as passwords, credit cards, or account

numbers. Legitimate businesses will never ask for this through email.

 

 

You can never be too careful and we want you to have peace of mind while you go through your day and check your emails. If you have any questions or need further assistance past these steps don’t hesitate to ask and give us a call for a free consultation with one of our certified technicians!

 

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