1) The email address will often appear to be from a trusted brand to incite trust, such as @paypal, however – the emails can also contain garbled letters and numbers
2) Phishing emails will often be impersonal and generic, greeting you with ‘Dear Customer’. However, this may not always be the case – especially if your name is within your email address.
3) They often have a false sense of urgency
4) There can be fake links. Links to spoof websites that have a URL that is a variant of the original. eg. www.paypal36.com instead of www.paypal.com.au. Hover your mouse over the link to check the validity of a website’s URL.
5) Suspicious attachments. Never click on these as they may contain a virus or contain spyware. Reputable companies won’t include software attachments or updates.
If you have any doubt always check with your financial organisation before clicking links and sharing log on information.
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