Tips to easily identify a fake email

Currently, Spain is the third country in the world with the most security breaches, but Internet threats affect citizens anywhere in the world. It is advisable to be cautious to avoid being a victim of a scam or identity theft, as well as to protect yourself from any attempt to steal personal information or banking details.

One of the doors open to this type of threats is email. Through this means you can receive malicious emails with all types of deceptions, scams and harmful links that only seek to satisfy the needs of cybercriminals. To be more protected, learn in this article how to identify a fake email quickly and easily.

Clues to recognize a malicious email

You should look at the following characteristics to know if an email can be malicious:

– Domain identification: Criminals will seek to imitate a logo, style and design of a famous company to give credibility to their scam, but it is impossible for them to use the same official domain. So, if the domain they use is not exactly the company's official one, but a variation (for example, changing a letter o to a 0), the answer is simple, it is a trap. In this case, do not open the email and much less interact with it, just report it as spam and dangerous content.

– Personal and banking information: The official companies and services that you use on the Internet will contact you through their own platforms to request any type of data that is necessary to verify your identity.

Be wary of any email that requests the exchange of important information that may compromise your security. Never send private data via email, as this is most likely a phishing attack.

– Affair: Scams often include email subject lines that have words that indicate that it is an urgent issue or that you have little time to fix a life or death problem. With this, the criminal seeks to make the victim desperate and act immediately, so, above all, remain calm, since any company, service, entity, etc., will give you a considerable period to calmly resolve any problem.

– Presentation of content: A professional company uses impeccable writing to communicate the news, it can also use quality logos and images as support. For his part, the scammer will try to do the same, however, his email will have spelling errors, poor quality photos, and the content will be displayed in a disorderly manner. If it also includes words in another language, there is no doubt: scam.

– Disaster alert: To sow uncertainty, the content of the email can explain that you are about to lose an account or service for a reason you didn't know about and that you only have a few hours to act.

Never fall for this, a professional company will never put you in a situation of pressure or immediate response, so, if the email only exposes an alarming and, in part, illogical state, you already know that it is a scam.

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