I was hoping not to have to write this blog. I thought I would be retired by now. You see, I received an email from a Prince in a country I can’t even pronounce. He was in a jam and wanted to transfer his kingdom's wealth to me. All I had to do was hold the money for him until
he was safe, and he would pay me 1 million dollars for my trouble! Of course, he needed my bank account and social security numbers in order to make the transfer. Seemed like a win – win to me…
I can’t believe it has come to this, but these days it is scary to open emails. Who knows what lurks behind those links; Malware, Viruses, Crypto locker, and a whole host of other dreadful things can happen if you click on the wrong link.
IT companies like Technology Pointe keep the bad guys out and protect your systems by putting up firewalls and installing anti-virus programs along with a lengthy list of other protection devices. The bad guys know this, so they go after an easier target, the end-user. When you hear stories in the news about large chain stores getting their network “hacked”, that is rarely what happened. The real story is that they were allowed into the systems by end-users inadvertently installing malicious code and opening the door for them.
So, what can you do? I am going to reveal to you a few tricks we use to validate whether emails are real or fake. There is no way for me to give you an absolute guaranty this will catch all fake emails, but it will certainly show you how to spot and stop most them.
There are three things you will want to remember if you are questioning if an email is real: