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Identifying fraudulent "phishing" email

Fight spam

Why was I spammed at my email address?

Problem of 'Phishing' is increasing day by day, this problem is also known or represent with the name of spoofing or carding. This is the process or attempt to acquire your secret information like your email data, username, password, credit card or debit card number and other such type things to use illegally. The main reason of Phishing is to own that data and present it legally by they are not legal; therefore this is called phishing.

In order to make your data safe and secure, never use or send your private information openly as credit card, debit card, username and password. If you have to share your personal data than must read the terms and condition of the respective company because many times company clearly mention that they do not ask for these data, so it could be spam.

If you have mail in your email for which you are not sure either it is valid or not then do not try to open and follow the tips that are mention below.

 To find out whom the email is really from:

In order to find out, the owner of any email for which you are not sure about that. So, do you have to find out the header of that email? So follow the simple steps.

In yahoo system, you can see the header option under the tab or button of action.

In Gmail system, if you have mail that is original not forwarded then you can open it and on the right side there is an option of show original, and you can show the owner.

In outlook, it could be tricky for you there are two methods which are:


First one, you could see headers by right-click the message in a particular folder and choose the option to show.

Second method is to go via option menu.

General email header displays several line with beginning of received which could be look like as mentioned below:

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If you find the difference among the header and the email of the sender then it is obvious that a particular email did not come from the same company so this could be an example of phishing.

Be cautious of links in the email:

The most common phishing is to send an email via different technique with websites links included in it, therefore; it looks alike legitimate but it is not. After inspecting or analyzing deeply, we came to a result that the sender is different, and the subject is different.

In hyperlink option link, you can explore many things on the spot; by hovering the cursor over the link you can have a real link at the bottom or beside the cursor. This could also reveal many facts about phishing emails.

These links clearly mention that the visible link is different from the hyperlink attached to it.

 To check that the website you're accessing whether is legitimate:

If you want to check the authenticity or legitimating of website, then Safari 4 or Firefox 3.5 could be helpful in that. In new windows 8 explorer the original company name could be seen in the browser but this could only happen with extended validations.

Note the email greeting

You can also to either the email came from phishing or not, in that email the phrase like 'Dear customer', 'Dear name', and many others salutation included. In real mail, many companies focus your first name rather than your second because company knows you, and they have all your value data.

The message appeared at a distinct email address than the one you gave to the sender

If you are corresponding with some business, but you received mail from another email then, you must check you record because there could be some spam. You can verify the official address by visiting business website or ask them via telephone. This is another way to point out either the email was phished or not.

Keep past history in mind

If you have some doubt related to any company with whom you talked before then do confirm by it by reading its previous mails. If not then do not share your personal details with any unknown mail because it would be a quick attempt of phishing. Make sure do not send any confidential information to any unknown email, until and unless you have no doubts in your mind.

Never provide personal account information through email

If you have some email that asked for your personal data then do not trust blindly nor share the data, must confirm with the original company by visiting their site so that you can have a different ID with receiving one and compare them. Avoid opening links in the mail because it could be hacking code that extracts your personal information from mails. Try to read the term and condition of the business so that you may know either company asked for personal information or not, you can confirm these kinds of issues via phone. Any business would appreciate if you inform this issue because a person like you could help the company that also suffers due to the problem of phishing.

Be cautious of attachments

There are many spam mails which have attachment file so beware with the spam, first scan you computer having that file after that ask your operator or service provider so that you may confirm either it is real of junk. These are simple techniques to avoid phishing emails and make your personal data safe and secure in future.