99% of the daily users of the internet receives at least one mail from an email appearing to originate from your Bank, online shopping account and many other financial medium users might be logged into. This is sometimes called “PHISHING“, its a method of online identity theft.
Phishing is the act of sending an email to a user falsely claiming to be an established legitimate enterprise in an attempt to scam the user into surrendering private information that will be used for identity theft.
Below are images with pointers to look out for in a suspected phishing mail:
If you receive a mail requesting that you enter your personal login details granting access to your account. The following should be verified:
a. Check the email of the sender. The sender’s email address usually does not corresponding with the name of the institution (as shown in Flag 1 above). The mail should have originated from email@example.com
Sometimes, the hacker will clone the sender’s email address by adding just a letter. For instance firstname.lastname@example.org (your bank) while hacker’s address would be email@example.com
b. Secondly, your bank would never request for you login details via email (as shown in Flag 2).
c. Most phishing messages give the victim a reason to take immediate action, prompting him to act first and think later. Messages often threaten the victim with account cancellation if he doesn’t reply promptly.
The main goal of a phishing mail is to steal your personal information so be careful whenever you receive any of such mail.