Why don’t we trust our email?

We’re all warned that there are people trying to steal our information, and we’re scared. And then a new email pops up in your inbox. Is it legit or is it a phishing scam? And is that attachment safe?

How to tell if it’s a fake

Here are ten things to ask yourself before you reach for the ‘spam’ button.

  1. Is there a link? Check it’s actually sending you where it says. (Hover over it – if the address is different, it’s probably dodgy.)
  2. Are they asking for details they should already know?
  3. Does it look too good to be true? Then it probably is.
  4. Does it look like it was written by a machine? If it looks like a robot, assume it is.
  5. Are they using capitals or exclamation marks? THAT DOESN’T LOOK VERY PROFESSIONAL!
  6. Do the fonts keep changing? It’s probably been copied (and pasted). Lazy scammers.
  7. Are there silly mistakes? They shouldn’t make spelling mistakes or use apostrophes wrongly. Big businesses can afford proofreaders.
  8. Are they rambling? They should be saying what’s important. If they’re asking you to change your password, they should just tell you that.
  9. Are they hiding information? If you have to go somewhere else to find out what they could have said, be suspicious.
  10. Are they consistent? It’s not just the logo, everything should look the same. The words, the design, the spelling. Everything.

If in doubt, just delete it. Don’t risk your credit card details. That free tablet could turn out to be rather expensive.

0 min read, posted in Culture, by Admin, on 19 Jun 2012

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