Attend IT Limited Blog

Learning Telltale Signs of a Phishing Email Can Save Your Business

Learning Telltale Signs of a Phishing Email Can Save Your Business

Phishing is one of those threats that has been around for a long time, and as time passes by, these threats only become more difficult to identify. Some businesses can’t tell the difference between phishing scams and actual emails. Here’s how your company can take steps toward properly identifying and responding to phishing emails.

To illustrate our point, let’s look at an example. You might receive emails claiming that you have won some wild prizes, but you don’t remember putting your name into the running for them. The message is delivered in a way that makes you think it’s from someone who doesn’t speak proper English, and it certainly doesn’t sound like a professional message. Plus, the email makes you want to pull the trigger immediately by claiming that the prizes are time-sensitive.

These are all common tactics used in phishing messages. They often come in the form of fake invoices or from those higher up in the chain of command. You might receive a message that appears to come from your boss asking for a wire transfer, for example. It’s safe to say that this is troublesome at best.

Essentially, the majority of phishing emails will showcase the following characteristics:

  • Something that appears too good (or too wild) to be true (winning prizes, receiving awards)
  • Spelling and grammar errors; many phishing campaigns originate outside of the United States
  • A sense of urgency that pushes the user to act a certain way, such as paying an invoice or clicking on a link to enter contact/financial information
  • Links to click on or attachments to download; these are often infected with malware or give hackers alternative methods of infiltrating your systems.
  • The email comes from a strange email address that does not coincide with the sender’s supposed identity. It’s always important to check the sender.

These are far from the only warning signs, but they are the ones that you should be particularly aware of. Phishing messages often look so convincing that the recipient might not even think twice before downloading an attachment or clicking on a link. It’s important that you treat all messages with the same level of scrutiny at the minimum. Be sure to try to identify the identities of the senders if possible through some type of external communication, like a phone number or, you know, walking to their office.

Attend IT Limited wants to help your business train employees to identify threats from phishing scams and emails. If you can train your staff to leverage a certain level of scrutiny against messages like these, then you naturally make them more resilient to falling for them. To learn more about how you can make this happen, give us a call at 020 8626 4485.

New Update Brings Windows 11 to Chrome
What You Need to Consider When Implementing Cloud ...

By accepting you will be accessing a service provided by a third-party external to

Mobile? Grab this Article!

Qr Code

Tag Cloud

Security Technology Business Computing Network Security Best Practices Productivity Tip of the Week Cloud Data Backup Data Recovery Managed IT Services Disaster Recovery communications Privacy IT Services Hackers VoIP IT Support Hosted Solutions Data Backup Malware Business Business Continuity Small Business Mobile Devices Phishing Software Cloud Computing Outsourced IT Innovation Efficiency Cybersecurity Email Computer Internet Productivity BDR IT Support Business Management Ransomware Saving Money Hardware Smartphones User Tips Upgrade Internet of Things Automation Collaboration Server Information Technology Smartphone Microsoft Managed IT Managed IT services Risk Management Mobile Device Management Covid-19 Meetings BYOD Mobility Budget Compliance Workplace Tips Network Human Resources Save Money Managed Service Provider Gadgets Training Wi-Fi Quick Tips Spam Communication Google Artificial Intelligence Mobile Device Windows 7 Avoiding Downtime Passwords Cost Management Wireless Remote Workers Content Filtering History MSP Data Management Hosted Solution Users VPN Managed Service Password Windows 10 Remote Computing Remote Work Computers Virtual Private Network Android Employee-Employer Relationship Firewall Devices Document Management Printing Wireless Internet Software as a Service Recovery Telephone Systems Router Conferencing Marketing Help Desk Computing Encryption Value Time Management End of Support Maintenance Audit Machine Learning IT Service Data Breach Telephony Monitoring Hard Drives Saving Time Data Security Microsoft Office Printer Voice over Internet Protocol Redundancy Big Data Automobile Social Media Tech Term Paperless Office Manufacturing Hybrid Cloud Solid State Drive Networking Backup and Disaster Recovery Information Business Technology Instant Messaging Employer-Employee Relationship Personal Information Wireless Technology RMM Break/Fix Hacking Window 10 WPA3 Proactive Browser Leadership Phone System Development Travel Video Conferencing Workplace Strategy Application Downtime Wasting Money Lifestyle Cost Entertainment Samsung Windows Server Remote Monitoring Colocation Project Management Social Engineering Managed Services Office 365 Employees Streaming Media Government AI Streaming Disaster Money Spyware Windows 11 Save Time Smart Technology Online Storage File Storage The Internet of Things Outsource IT Battery E-Commerce Two-factor Authentication Amazon Black Market IoT Remote HIPAA Electronic Medical Records Payroll Hacker Commerce Copiers Content Filter Gamification Flexibility Apple Upgrades Customer Relationship Management Bandwidth Bitcoin Virtualization iPhone Business Intelligence Payment Cards Analysis Virtual Assistant Company Culture Telephone Workstations Customer Service Windows 10 Cybercrime intranet Transportation Voiceover Internet Protocol Evernote Facebook User Error Office Chromebook Operating System Dark Web Finance Shadow IT Word App Proactive IT Private Cloud Alexa for Business Remote Working Applications Copier Advertising Going Green Antivirus Business Telephone Management Printers Mobile Mobile Computing Students Utility Computing Update Data Loss PCI DSS e-waste Fiber Optics Smart Tech Vendor Infrastructure Azure Legal SaaS Managed IT Service Hiring/Firing Vulnerability Regulation Chrome Mobile Office Troubleshooting Workers OneNote Education Cleaning Cybersecurty Blockchain Laptop Holiday Smartwatch Computer Repair Financial Technology Professional Services Active Directory Unified Communications Administration Data Protection Regulations Compliance Work/Life Balance Windows Server 2008 Connectivity Nanotechnology Videoconferencing SMB Accessory Search Google Maps WiFi Data Storage Telework Identity Retail iOS Sync CRM PowerPoint Updates Worker Myths PDF Best Practice IT solutions Identities Patch Management Robot Server Maintenance Inventory Display How To Microsoft Excel IT Management Holidays Testing Adobe Wireless Charging Root Cause Analysis Peripheral Unified Threat Management Screen Mirroring Audits 5G Data Privacy Websites Biometrics Music Keyboard Tablets Microsoft Word Settings Authentication Threats Apps Legislation Windows 10s Outlook Investment Communitications Google Assistant Co-Managed Services Relocation Computer Tips Security Cameras Processor Financial Current Events File Sharing Policy OneDrive Computer Accessories Camera Law Enforcement WannaCry Augmented Reality Miscellaneous Access Control Tech Support Cast Solutions Medical IT Hard Drive Gifts Computer Fan Data Theft Analytics Micrsosoft Video Games NFL Business Strategy Internet Service Provider Windows 8.1 Point of Sale Scams Text Messaging Comparison Hard Disk Drive Language Shortcut Innovations ROI Hosted Desktop Twitter Safety Benchmarks Bring Your Own Device Storage Procedure Sabotage Projects Reputation Licensing Memory Admin Scalability Consultant Fraud Identity Theft eCommerce Digital Signage Health eWaste Voice Employee Managed Services Provider App store Office Tips Specifications Excel Politics Windows Server 2008 R2 Charger Smart Devices Computer Forensics Hyperlink Managing Stress Emergency Sports Emails IT budget IT Solutions Organization PC Vendor Management Television CrashOverride Internet Exlporer Edge HBO Worker Commute Scam HaaS Computer Care Credit Cards Google Drive USB Books Windows Windows Ink Device Security Workstation Facebook Privacy Mobile Security Sales Virus Reviews Experience Gmail Wasting Time Alert Net Neutrality Work Cortana Webinar WIndows Server 2008 Social Keyboard Shortcuts Humor Google Docs Touchscreen Ciminal YouTube Unsupported Software FAQ Virtual Reality