Phishing emails are a common form of attack cyber criminals use to gain your personal information. It is important to know what these are, how to detect them, and how to protect yourself from them.
Phishing emails can even appear to be from businesses, colleagues, or organizations you’re familiar with.
There are a few ways to identify a phishing email, such as: Poor grammar, frequent misspellings, suspicious attachments, messages that incite panic or a sense of urgency, and suspicious links that ask you to confirm personal information you would not normally give out.
You should always pay attention to not only the sender, but the email address itself. Legitimate businesses and organizations will not send emails from a public domain, such as emails that end in ‘@gmail.com.’ They will use email addresses that end in their own domain name. If the domain matches the name of the sender, it is probably genuine. You can double check this by entering the name of the organization into a search engine and finding their domain name.