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How to identify phishing e-mails (or text messages)

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Identifying phishing emails can be challenging, as attackers often employ various tactics to make them appear legitimate. However, here are some signs and best practices that can help you identify phishing emails:

  1. Sender’s Email Address: Check the sender’s email address carefully. Attackers may use email addresses that resemble legitimate ones but contain slight variations or misspellings. Be wary of email addresses that are unfamiliar or suspicious.
  2. Poorly Written or Grammatically Incorrect Content: Phishing emails often contain spelling and grammatical errors. Legitimate organizations usually have strict quality control, so major mistakes in the email content can be a red flag.
  3. Urgency or Threats: Phishing emails often create a sense of urgency or use threatening language to manipulate recipients into taking immediate action. They may claim that your account is compromised, and you must provide personal information urgently. Be cautious of such demands.
  4. Requests for Personal or Financial Information: Phishing emails commonly request sensitive information like passwords, Social Security numbers, credit card details, or account credentials. Legitimate organizations usually do not ask for such information via email.
  5. Suspicious Links: Be cautious of links within emails. Hover your mouse cursor over the link (without clicking) to see the actual URL. If the link doesn’t match the expected website address or seems suspicious, it could be a phishing attempt.
  6. Unexpected Attachments: Exercise caution when receiving unsolicited email attachments, especially if they come from unknown sources. Malicious attachments can contain malware that infects your device when opened.
  7. Impersonation of Legitimate Organizations: Phishing emails often impersonate well-known organizations, such as banks, social media platforms, or government agencies. Pay attention to details like logos, email signatures, and formatting discrepancies.
  8. Trust your Instincts: If something feels off or too good to be true, it’s better to err on the side of caution. If you’re unsure about the legitimacy of an email, contact the organization directly through their official website or customer service channels to verify its authenticity.

Remember, phishing techniques are continuously evolving, and attackers are becoming more sophisticated. If you suspect an email is a phishing attempt, it’s best to avoid interacting with it, refrain from clicking on links or downloading attachments, and report it to your organization’s IT department, to Internetintelligence.eu (possiblefish@internetintelligence.eu) or the appropriate authorities.

Send it to us!
If you receive an email that raises your suspicion, please forward it to possiblefish@internetintelligence.eu. Internetintelligence.eu will conduct a thorough analysis of the email and provide you with a detailed report of their findings. Your contribution will help protect others from falling victim to phishing attacks.

When forwarding the email, please ensure that the original message is included as an attachment or copied and pasted into the new email. This will enable Internetintelligence.eu to examine all relevant information and headers for a comprehensive assessment.

Remember, phishing attacks are becoming increasingly sophisticated, and your vigilance plays a crucial role in maintaining a secure online environment. By reporting suspicious emails, you contribute to our collective effort of combating cyber threats and protecting our community.

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