Phishing emails have become much more common in recent years. They’re one way that scammers try to obtain your information and money, and even infect your computer with dangerous software by posing as a company or someone you trust. Phishing emails commonly target business professionals, so here are four tips to help you spot a phishing email while on your work term.
Your ‘boss’ asks you to buy gift cards
Unless it has been discussed previously, your boss or anyone in the company won’t send you emails asking you to pay for things like gift cards with your own money.
Sketchy email addresses
If you receive an email that seems suspicious, it’s always best to check the email address, even if the sender’s name is someone you know. Sometimes the sender’s email address is obviously fake, such as , but scammers can get creative by adding a period, switching two letters around, or misspelling a word, and hoping you won’t notice.
If you receive an unexpected email with a link, it might be a phishing email. One way you can tell is by hovering your mouse over the highlighted area. If the description doesn’t match the link, do not click the link and delete the email.
Requesting private information
Scammers might pose as IT or Human Resources and ask for private information such as your passwords, address, or social insurance number. You should not send confidential information via email, and most companies will never ask you for that type of information through an email.
Phishing emails can be sneaky, but with enough diligence you can avoid falling victim to them. If you are ever in doubt if an email is legitimate, ask your supervisor. If you realize you’ve fallen to an email scam, tell your supervisor immediately and they will guide you through the proper procedure for handling the situation.