“Phishing emails” are malicious emails that try to steal personal information, convince you to log into their website, or get you to send them money. The “Nigerian prince” scam is a classic example of a phishing email.
Sometimes phishing emails can be really obvious, while other times phishing emails can be hard to spot. Warning signs include:
- Asking for personal information or passwords to be sent by email.
- Use of very urgent or threatening language.
- Spelling and grammar mistakes.
- Asking for a very high level of access to your account or computer. For example, one common scam involves a “computer support person” who contacts you unexpectedly and asks for remote access to your computer.
- Email sent from a misspelled domain name, or one that’s not associated with the website. For example, Google is not going to email you from an address like “email@example.com” (spot the extra L?) or “firstname.lastname@example.org.”
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