Checking an email in 5 steps
email to be checked
You receive an
- because you are requested to initiate an action, like clicking a link or submitting personal data into a form,
- because you don't understand why that person sent you this email, even though you're neither his customer nor did you have any contact with him before,
- because you're not addressed personally and the email body contains mistakes or strange verbalization
- or because you simply feel uneasy when reading the email.
Now you consider the following: What expectation do you have for an email from this sender?
- If the sender is e.g. a bank, you know that they would never request you to submit any personal data by email. The links in the email should only point to websites belonging to that specific bank.
- If the email sender is an online auction house, you'll expect all the contained links to relate to auctions that you bid on or to point to sites of the auction house itself.
- In the case of a newsletter however, it is quite possible, that there are links in the email, pointing to sites that don't have anything to do with each other. Advertisements or links to continuative information would be normal here.
To make sure, wether the suspicious email is a Phishing attempt or a harmless