1. WATCH FOR OVERLY GENERIC CONTENT AND GREETINGS

Cyber criminals will send a large batch of emails. Look for

examples like “Dear valued customer.”

  • EXAMINE THE ENTIRE FROM EMAIL ADDRESS
  • LOOK FOR URGENCY OR DEMANDING ACTIONS

“You’ve won! Click here to redeem prize,” or

“We have your browser history pay now or

 we are telling your boss.”

  • CAREFULLY CHECK ALL LINKS

Mouse over the link and see if the destination matches

where the email implies you will be taken.

  • NOTICE MISSPELLINGS, INCORRECT GRAMMAR, & ODD PHRASING

This might be a deliberate attempt to try to bypass spam

filters.

  • CHECK FOR SECURE WEBSITES

Any webpage where you enter personal information should

have a url with https://. The “s” stands for secure.

  • DON’T CLICK ON ATTACHMENTS RIGHT AWAY

Attachments containing viruses might have an intriguing

message encouraging you to open them such as “Here is

the Schedule I promised.”