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How to detect scams by email

For years, many of the scams that happen online are usually expanded by email. Most users have received a phishing email, it is still very common. Over the years, email services such as Gmail have introduced security tools with which phishing or phishing is largely avoided, but the risk always exists.

Luckily, there are ways with which detect if who sends an email is really who they say they are; or if, in fact, it is a scam. We will analyze all of them to avoid being deceived as much as possible.

Mail address

Fake email address

It is always the first aspect that should be taken into account when receiving an email as it is one of the best ways to detect a scam. The person's name can be known, but the address gives many clues about whether the mail is authentic or dangerous. At present it is an aspect that has been perfected a lot, so it is also difficult to detect.

If scammers use the email address to impersonate a company you have to pay attention to the name of the company and the URL or web address. Perhaps an intentional offense has been committed or a name similar to the original is used. It is also possible that they use domains or accounts that do not really exist in that company. For example, many seek to impersonate Google by sending emails from Google.support, which does not exist. Any error in the email address, however minimal, should trigger suspicions.

Email content

Fraudulent Email

A time when you always have to suspect is if the email in question urges the user to carry out a specific action. If you ask to change the password immediately, log in immediately, send a response with personal data … then you should always suspect. No company will request the sending of data or passwords.

In these cases, it is common for them to be mails that impersonate the user's bank; although platforms such as PayPal are also often affected by seeing the original aspect of their communications replicated in the email content. These types of emails look for the login data, so the user will be urged to login in order to steal them.

The bank, PayPal or Google will never direct users in this way.. They never send an email saying that you have to enter the account now; or that some information, such as passwords, must be provided. So, if this happens, said email is a scam that can lead to many problems for the user. It is best to mark it as spam.

How the email was written

Another very common bug in many phishing emails is that there are spelling mistakes or that they are bad translations from another language. Therefore, if read with caution, it is easy to find flaws in that text; or that there are parts of the message that are meaningless. This is something that should always generate distrust in users, but there is much more.

If it really is an email from the bank or Google, to give two examples, there will be no spelling mistakes. A company, which would never send this type of message, will not commit such failures; so, if inconsistencies are perceived, then you have to suspect. Again, check if the address, name and content are reliable. And to the slightest doubt, to Spam.

There are also emails where they pretend to be someone else that the user may know (emails that are forwarded to the infected agenda). In such cases, you can always recognize traits that do not correspond to the known person. It may seem that it is not so important, but any aspect that clashes with habitual behavior must be put on guard.

Attached files

Fake Attachment

In many scams that expand by email, or in the case of malware, it is usual that there is some attachment. Any attachment that opens and / or executes carries a very high risk. The most common is that the email encourages the person to do something urgently, possibly opening the file. You have to be alert.

No bank, company, provider … will ask for an attachment to be opened urgently. Neither Google, Facebook or PayPal will. In fact, the usual thing is that these companies never send attachments. So, if it is a Facebook email in which there is a file, it is best to mark it as Spam.

The situation is the same. if they are posing as a known person and this does not usually send attachments. Especially if it is something without prior notice or what was not mentioned or mentioned before. Also, if the message is stressed enough to open the attachment: it is best to mark the email as Spam.

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