CYBERSPACE. If you are reading this, you are on it but what dangers lurked around out there? And can we protect ourselves? Let us start by looking at emails and how to spot a fraudulent one.
The email from a friend
Maby you have heard about emails from Nigerian princes wanting to give you money if they just can get a little wire transfer from you. This is not hard to spot at scams, but when you get a mail from a friend or family member. You trust that it is legit maybe contain an attached file, on the surface, it looks legit and most of the time it is, but the art is to spot the once that are not. How do you do that
- look at the subject line, is it in the wrong language, let’s say you and your friend speaks Danish, but the subject line is in English then the first alarm bell should ring.
- If the subject line is in the right language then what does it say, let’s say it is from your mother containing a subject like “I know a place with easy hot girls” then it is probably a malicious mail.
- When you have cleared the subject line well look at the mail, does it look like something the sender will send if not close then confirmed with the sender it is a legitimate email.
- If it looks legitimate then look at the wording does it sound like the person usually would write.
Mails from Big companies and government agencies
Besides malicious emails looking like it’s coming from a friend we also have emails looking like it’s coming from a company or government Agency. These emails can be hard to spot as fake but there are few simple steps you can take to secure that you’re not Giving out any personal information and some good ways to detect this malicious email also known as “phishing emails” is:
- Just ask when receiving mail from a friend look at the subject line does it seem wrong. If you are from countries speaking another language than English, you would expect government agencies and local companies to use the language of the country they’re in.
- When you open the mail and look at what language it is written in same rules apply if it is the wrong language or wrong use of the country’s language, especially if it’s looking like it’s a Google translation. They good translations can be a little hard to spot, but if they have the placement of word wrong or the use past tense in a wrong way, you should not download files or open links in the mail.
- Links in emails you don’t expect should never be clicked. I will typically navigate to the send websites on a separate browser and never clicked a link in males unless I am expecting the email, the good links to click could, for example, be an activation for an account I have just opened. I often get emails from someone pretending to be a bank with a link where I just have to activate it in order to secure my account they usually get my bank name wrong, or they are writing about a whole other service then I am using, besides that my bank will almost never send an email and when they do they will ask me to log in to my account through their website.
- And never believe in a deal that is too good to be true I have sometimes received emails from someone pretending to be Microsoft where I can get a new addition to Microsoft Office. And they either get the details wrong or the offer is too good to be true, As far as I know, Microsoft will never offer the office package for $1 a month.
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