Several studies have revealed that most users end up opening and reading fraudulent emails and most of the time believing in them. Phishing's main goal is to gather important personal information about you and your finances. The most common reason for the large number of users falling for these emails is that the phishing attempts are so well-disguised that a busy email reader don't differentiate them.
Simplitfy wants to provide you a few tips to help you identify and differentiate whether that email you are reading is trustworthy or fraudulent:
1. They are asking for personal information - Remember, no bank or financial institution asks you to share your key personal information via email, or even phone. If you get an email where they ask for your ATM PIN or your e-banking password, it is mostly a phishing attempt.
2. The links seem to be fake - Phishing emails always include links that you are asked to click on. You should verify if the links are genuine. Here are a few things to look for when doing that:
Finally, Simplitfy highly recommends you to get a good anti-virus/email protection program installed. It can help you by automatically directing spam and junk mail into spam folders and deactivating malicious attachments.