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 firstname.lastname@example.org is to the email address, no one greets you with your email address.