Receiving Suspicious Email
Sometimes it can be scary getting an email with malicious demands or crude language in it. However, in almost all cases, you can delete the email and forget about it.
Hackers are able to find or purchase email addresses and other personal information in bulk from public data breaches on the dark web.
If you receive a suspicious email don’t click or download anything, it is better to be safe than sorry. As long as you don’t click or download anything, the email is harmless and can’t do anything nefarious without the interaction of a click from the user. Mark the email as spam and delete the email from your inbox.
There are a couple of red flags that can help you identify a suspicious email.
- The email contains a lot of bad grammar and misspelled words. Scammers often don’t take the time to check what they typed or translated and it’s an easy giveaway.
- Sneaky from email addresses. If you hover over the from email address, and it displays something different than what you’re hovering over, they are trying to trick you.
When a suspicious email comes in, take a moment and read it thoroughly. Look for clues that it is fake like spelling mistakes. Remember to check the actual from email address and see if it matches to who it says it is from.