- Check the From address, be wary of fake or unknown domain names, and be sure the domain
- name properly corresponds with the sender’s display name.
- “Mouse over” links (hover over links with your mouse cursor) to see the real destination.
- Use a unique password for each online account, and immediately change it if you suspect a
- breach. For added protection, consider (1) using a passphrase and (2) implementing two-step
- Click links or attachments unless you’re sure the message is from a trusted source.
- Give out personal or private information to an unknown.
- Succumb to emails just because the branding looks real or the sender appears to be someone
- you know.
- Click or call listed phone numbers that are included in pop-up ads or threatening emails.
- Reply to phishing emails.
Other red flags:
- Mismatched URLs — hover your mouse over the link and compare the destination URL with the
- displayed URL.
- Poor grammar and spelling could be an indicator.
- A request for personal information.
- Asking for money, especially with urgency.
- An offer that appears too good to be true.
- Unrealistic or unlikely threats.
- Content just doesn’t look right — trust your gut.