Phishing email scams and how to minimise the risk

Scams are becoming more prevalent and one of the main mediums the scammers are using is via email, so here’s a few tips to stay safe when emailing, some are obvious but then  again most scammers are counting on a slip up and hopefully this list will help you out.

  1. Don’t give out your email address unless it is to a trusted, work-related site. Hackers often target sites with address lists for them to send phishing emails out to.
  2. Hover over links in emails before clicking – even if they appear to be typed out correctly, the text is a separate property to the hyperlink.Example screenshot:
  3. Only open mail or attachments that you are expecting or recognise. Remember that email addresses can get hacked and emails can be sent out to everyone on their contact list so even if you recognise the contact it may still be a phishing email.
  4. Make sure you are a recipient in the “To:” list. Don’t trust if you are BCC’d.
  5. When using sensitive credentials in a web browser, always make sure the site address bar is green, and that the address starts with https:Example screenshot:

Often with phishing emails, the credentials are collected in a database, and the hackers wait for the dust to settle before using the information they have collected. In general, the world is getting too comfortable with the internet, and need to remember that it is a public arena for all, and used for sharing information.

As always, if you have any doubts let us know.