Spotting a Dodgy Email

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6 Ways Of Spotting A Dodgy Email

Email is an excellent way of communicating and figures suggest up to 196.3 Billion emails are sent every day! Unfortunately just over half of that figure is reported to be spam. One wrong click could allow a virus into your computer, cost you money or have your personal details fall into the wrong hands.
Here are a few thoughts to consider:

1. You don’t know the sender. Without clicking on any links in the email, open a new tab and see if you can verify the company where the email originated from.
2. Contains misspellings or incorrect grammar.
3. Contains attachments which can include .exe files.
4. Does not use your real name but instead ‘Dear Customer’.
5. A request for personal information such as a username, password or account details.
6. A call for an urgent response – a threat to shut your account down.

Things you can do to help:

1. Don’t open, forward or reply to emails that you think are spam. This confirms that the email account is being used and you open yourself up to a flood of spam.
2. Don’t open any attachments or click on any links in emails from unknown sources (hover over links will reveal the target site – does it look valid?)
3. Use Bcc when emailing a group of people to protect privacy.
4. Update your anti-virus software.
5. Have a secondary email address such as gmail or hotmail for signing up to other businesses newsletters etc.
Above all, use common sense, if it seems too good to be true then it probably is!
Any questions or concerns please give Brad from Company Hub a call on 0477 779 978