9 Basic Steps to help check an email isn’t Phishing

Phishing emails are on the increase and basic warnings indicating they are a scam can be missed. Follow the 9 basic steps below to help determine whether the email you’ve received could be a Phishing email.

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Smishing is the term now used in reference to scam messages being sent via SMS texts. 

Similar to Phishing, an attacker sends a message that will generally have a sense of urgency for the receiver to quickly act upon. The attacker is trying to create panic and directs to a link for the receiver to ‘urgently’ click on to resolve the ‘problem’.

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As with basic email checks, it’s important to double-check the validity of any messages that claim urgent action regarding payments or financial accounts appearing to be from official bodies.

The NCSC provides useful information regarding Phishing, Smishing and suspicious phone calls, giving a place to report the spam messages.

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