With new viruses, malware and new scams being released constantly, it is important for every internet user to be able to spot a suspicious email. What are some of the warning signs that an email you have received might contain unwanted content?
Whilst it isn’t always possible to only open emails from people you already know, be on the lookout for unfamiliar names, or unfamiliar businesses. Be especially aware of unfamiliar senders with highly urgent subject lines such as “This is your chance!” or “Immediate Action Required!”
No organization you deal with professionally will ever ask you to confirm personal information or bank details via email. No matter how convincing the email may be, treat any email containing these requests with instant suspicion and be sure not to answer them. If you are ever in doubt, you may make enquiries over the phone, as long as you use a number which you have used to contact them previously.
Sometimes viruses can come from people you already know. Be aware of any friends sending you strange attachments with vague explanations, or any friend whose email seems out of character for them. If in doubt, email them back to confirm before you open any attachments.
If something seems too good to be true, chances are that it probably is. Emails promising instant weight loss, long-lost inheritance, or cure-all medicines should be treated with instant suspicion. Though it may be tempting to believe that you’ve just won a jackpot you had never even heard of before, do not open these emails!