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Tips for Detecting a Phishing Email

We recommend reading and sharing our tips for detecting a phishing email to reduce the risk of infecting your workstation or network with malicious software.

Cyber criminals might send an email that looks legitimate, known as a phishing email, but you can take steps to avoid the traps.


1. Watch for overly generic content and greetings

Cyber criminals will send a large batch of emails.Look for examples like “Dear valued customer.”

2. Examine the entire from email address

The first part of the email address may be legitimate but the last part might be off by letter or may include a number in the usual domain.

3. Look for urgency or demanding actions

“You’ve won! Click here to redeem prize,” or “We have your browser history pay now or we are telling your boss.”

4. Carefully check all links

Mouse over the link and see if the links destination matches where the email implies you will be taken.

5. Notice misspellings, incorrect grammar and odd phrasing

This might be deliberate attempt to try to bypass spam filters.

6. Check for secure websites

Any webpage where you enter personal information should have a url with https://. The “s” stands for secure.

7. Don't click on attachments right away

Virus containing attachments might have an intriguing message encouraging you to open them such as “Here is the Schedule I promised.”

All of these points are available here in our downloadable and distributable guide.


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Graham Stead

Graham Stead is Client Relationship Director at CMI Limited, and has worked in the IT industry for over 30 years. Starting his IT career as an engineer for Hewlett-Packard, Graham later started his own business which he sold to CMI in 2016. As Client Relationship Director, Graham is responsible at CMI for ensuring our clients receive expert commercial IT advice that a modern business demands.