We’ve all gotten them. That weird email that makes our suspicions go on high-alert, yet makes our fingers itch with curiosity (Should I open? Should I delete?). It seems as if the purveyors of those suspicious, spammy emails are on the move again. The problem is, they are getting better and better at spoofing and phishing and looking like they are legit, when they aren’t.
When it comes to suspicious email, it’s always best to err on the side of caution. One moment of bad judgment and opening an email that is either spoofing or phishing can leave you with a big mess and an even bigger tech services bill.
Companies like PayPal and other payment gateways or services will never ask for your personal information via email. Emails requesting password or account information are nothing more than phishing scams, and should be disregarded immediately.
Watch for suspicious “from” addresses. The email address should be from the company/vendor: example; [name]@”bankofamerica.com”
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This sounds like a no-brainer, but watch for misspelled words or improper use of grammar. And if the email states “Your account has been compromised,” that is a huge red flag that this request is not legit.
And lastly, when in doubt-give a shout-out. Call the company directly using the phone number you already have on record to verify whether or not the email was real or an attempt to steal your personal information. Tis’ a far better thing to be safe than sorry!