How to Spot a Phishing Email BEFORE It Can Do Any Damage

Phishing emails are bogus messages carefully designed to look like a legitimate message (or attached file) from a site or person you trust. Their goal is getting you to willingly give up your login info or unknowingly click a link to install a virus. The best of these emails look uncannily similar to their real-world counterparts, but there are ways to discern a phishing attempt from a legitimate email.

First, hover over — but don’t click on — the URL in the email to see the actual website you’ll be directed to. If there’s a mismatched or suspicious URL, delete the email immediately. Other telltale signs are poor grammar or spelling errors. And if the email asks you to verify or validate your login or personal information, get out of there.

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