Spotting a Phishing Scam

Educating and training staff is crucial in the fight against cyber criminals. Since phishing attacks are some of the most common types of cyber crimes, being able to spot a phishing email is of particular importance. Phishing is defined, according to Merriam-Webster, as a scam by which an internet user is duped (as by a deceptive email message) into revealing personal or confidential information which the scammer can use illicitly. Recognizing the common characteristics of these fraudulent emails is helpful to prevent them from being spread. Phishing emails frequently contain the following:

  • A generic subject line
  • A suspicious URL
  • Improper use of copyright
  • Bad grammar/spelling
  • Unnecessary urgency

More information on how to spot a phishing email can be found here.