We've warned you recently about a host of phishing scams. They're getting more and more sophisticated, as scammers attempt to get their hands on your information. Rather than posing as a bill, I recently received two emails looking to give me things.
As you can see from the two screenshots below, these emails arrived in over the weekend and used the cover of two companies I frequently use; Ryanair and Marks and Spencer.
Thankfully, my inbox flagged both of the emails as SPAM and further inspection identified them as being fraudulent, but for the most part, they look pretty legit.
As you can see the "sent by" address on both are from Gmail accounts.
These systems are becoming more sophisticated but there's a few simple things you can do to ensure you and your data stay safe.
- Look for urgency: If the email states urgent action is required to verify your details or process a refund, do not act. Chances are it’s a phishing expedition.
- Company info: Many of these phishing attempts involve criminals posing as a well known company or bank. Always check the sender’s email address. Look at any logos within the email and hover your mouse over any link within the email (don’t click on it); this may show a falsified website. If it doesn’t look legit, bin it.
- Spelling: Watch out for appalling typos or sentences that just don’t make sense. We often scan emails rather than reading them fully so if you are suspicious, take a moment or two to read the entire email. If you spot something that dodgey, bin it.
- Verify: If you are still unsure about the legitimacy of an email, call the provider and explain your situation. This may take a few minutes out of your day, but it’s better than losing money to a phishing scam.