What Is A Phishing Email?



You’ve probably heard of phishing emails before, but what are they exactly? Phishing emails are a type of email fraud where scammers pose as a legitimate company or person in order to get you to hand over sensitive information. This can be anything from your login credentials to your credit card number. Phishing emails are becoming increasingly sophisticated and difficult to spot. In this blog post, we will explore some of the common signs of a phishing email so that you can protect yourself from becoming a victim.

What is a phishing email?

A phishing email is a fraudulent email that is sent with the intention of tricking the recipient into clicking on a link or opening an attachment that will install malware on their computer. The email may look like it is from a legitimate source, such as a bank or financial institution, and often includes urgent language or threats in an attempt to get the recipient to take action quickly. Phishing emails can be very difficult to spot, but there are some red flags that you can look for, such as misspellings, unusual sender addresses, and suspicious attachments. If you receive an email that raises any red flags, do not open it and delete it immediately.

How to spot a phishing email

There are a few things you can look for to spot a phishing email:

  1. The sender’s email address. If the email is from a sender that you don’t recognize, be wary.
  2. The subject line. A phishing email will often have a subject line that is designed to get your attention, such as “Urgent! Your account has been suspended.”
  3. The content of the email. A phishing email will often contain grammar and spelling errors, or it may look like it was written in haste. Additionally, the email may contain strange requests or urgent deadlines.
  4. The attached files. A phishing email may contain attachments that are actually malware, which can infect your computer if you open them.

What to do if you receive a phishing email?

If you receive a phishing email, do not open any attachments or click on any links in the email. If you have already opened an attachment or clicked on a link, do not provide any personal information.

Delete the email from your inbox and empty your trash. If you believe you may have entered your personal information on a fake website, change your passwords immediately. You should also run a virus scan on your computer to check for any malicious software that may have been installed.

How to protect yourself from phishing emails?

If you receive an email that looks like it could be a phishing email, there are a few things you can do to protect yourself:

  • Do not click on any links in the email. If you hover over the link, you should be able to see the real URL that it will take you to. If the URL looks suspicious, do not click on it.
  • Do not enter any personal information into any form in the email. This includes your name, address, phone number, social security number, birthdate, etc.
  • If you are unsure whether or not an email is a phishing email, you can always contact the company that it claims to be from and ask if they sent the email.

Phishing scams to be aware of

When it comes to phishing scams, there are a few key things to be aware of. First and foremost, phishing emails will often try to trick you into clicking on a link or opening an attachment by posing as a legitimate company or individual. They may also include fake logos or images to make the email look more official.

Another common type of phishing email is one that claims there is some sort of problem with your account or order, and asks you to click on a link to resolve it. These emails can be tricky, so it’s important to be cautious before clicking on any links.



If you receive an email that looks suspicious, the best course of action is to delete it without opening it. You can also report the email to the company or individual that it claims to be from, as well as to your email provider. By taking these steps, you can help protect yourself from becoming a victim of a phishing scam.

Conclusion

A phishing email is a type of email that is designed to trick you into giving away personal information or clicking on a link that will install malware on your computer. These emails can be very convincing, but there are some tell-tale signs that you can look for to spot a phishing email. If you’re ever unsure about an email, it’s best to err on the side of caution and not click any links or provide any personal information.

Mark Funk
Mark Funk is an experienced information security specialist who works with enterprises to mature and improve their enterprise security programs. Previously, he worked as a security news reporter.