April 14, 2020

It’s the perfect time for hackers to send e-mails with dangerous malware and viruses.  Right now, your inbox is probably filled with “COVID-19” subject lines and coronavirus-focused e-mails.

How can you tell a phishing e-mail from a legitimate one?  Here’s a few telltale signs:

  • Look closely at the e-mail address to make sure it’s spelled correctly.
  • Hover over any links in the e-mail (but DON’T CLICK) to see the ACTUAL website you’ll be directed to.  If there’s a mismatched or suspicious URL, delete the e-mail immediately.
  • Watch for poor grammar and spelling errors.
  • Never download an attachment unless you know who sent it and what it is.

When in doubt, call the person who supposedly sent the e-mail on the phone to verify it’s legitimate.

Here is an exmple of a real phising email that was recently sent.

Look closely at this email.:

  • From is a @augdog.com, this should immediately have alarm bells ringing.
  • Hello bob@company.co.uk is to the email address, no one greets you with your email address.
  Of course, if you have an immediate IT need, you can always reach me at (01204)216040

About the author

Ken Waiganjo

I have been a
Technology success partner for over 20 years.
My passion is using non geek talk to help SME entrepreneurs with technology.
Only recommending and providing technology that will help make your life easier
When not working on technology.
I really enjoy listening to people's stories.
I can be found reading, spending time with family and friends.
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