Dear readers of Tecnogalaxy, today we will see how to recognize if an email is fake or not.

Every day we receive many emails including some that leave us more than a perplexity about their nature. Will they be real and reliable messages or will they be attempts at deception?

HOW TO RECOGNIZE FAKE EMAIL

To test the veracity of an email follow these simple steps:

Note the sender of the message, if it seems to come from a known contact you should be able to open it in peace. However, the addresses can be falsified and the devices of your contacts may be affected by malware that would automatically start sending fraudulent emails… so raising the bar of attention is always to be taken into account.
We also carefully examine the content of the message, “WITHOUT OPENING ANY ATTACHMENTS” also if you notice strange phrases with spelling errors unusual for the sender, almost certainly it is not an authentic message. ATTENTION!!!
If the email received comes from a credit institution and of which you are a customer, or from the platform related to a service, in this case the bar must be RAISED to 100%.
100% is spam or worse than a phishing attempt…..

Surely the email will contain text with a link that if checked will send you on a fake login page of your bank (the site will be identical to the original)where you will be asked to enter your userid and password because maybe your account has been blocked and to be unlocked you will have to follow the simple steps written inside the message.

“Dear customer, the access to your account has been blocked for security reasons, to be able to repurpose please select the link and enter the required info”

BELIEVE!!!!

No bank will send you an email or text message asking you this request.

You may also be contacted via whatsapp or phone call, where the contact person posing as an employee of your bank will ask you to provide the information to unlock access to your account. There are also cases where the cyber criminal manages to get access to the computer or phone through the classic remote assistance software, such as Team Viewer, Anydesk etc…. saying that they provide you with their technical help to unlock the account….

Last week it happened to me, I was contacted first by phone, then by whatsapp, saying that my account had been blocked for security reasons and to unlock it and not lose the capital I had to give some information and follow procedures with them.

We return to the content of the email, in the case of a link and attachments present (although most email clients are able to block executable files), if you are not sure of the origin is always good not to download any document included and do not open the links in the text.

A link could contain viruses, spyware and malware of various kinds that could be downloaded automatically (exploit the holes of operating systems or software), it’s good to keep your computer/device up to date with all patches released by manufacturers.

When an operating system is not updated, a simple click could open the door to a cyber criminal, precisely because the malware would exploit this vulnerability.

You also have to pay a lot of attention to the name of the domains, let’s say a practical example, in the email you received there is a link that after selecting it we are redirected to the page of the Mediolanum bank.

The original domain is https://www.bancamediolanum.it that surely fake will https://www.bancamedioolanum.it/with 2 or” or https///www.bancamediolanumm.it/with 2 m“, small changes that without careful control make us fall into the trap of cyber criminal.

Another example of a scam is when money is sent, or when you unexpectedly receive notification of the super money win…

A notification of an alleged penalty is made (the content of the email is usually threatening), in which it forces the user to do something strange.

To identify if an email is phishing we can use 5 ways:

  • Sender is a public email address: Looking at the sender’s address helps us understand if the person who sent us the email is really the one who claims to be. Often, cyber criminals use a public email address, such as “@gmail.com“.
  • Weird attachments: If you receive an unexpected email or someone you don’t know and the message invites you to open the attachment, don’t, it may contain malware that will infect your computer, or worse, ransomware that will lock your computer and your data, taking them hostage.
  • Sense of urgency: Phishing emails often create a false sense of urgency and danger that drives the poor victim to do what they say. They make the victim believe that there has been an attempt to access their home-banking profile, and invite her to immediately access the personal profile by clicking on the link provided by the message. Too bad that the link does not go to the authentic site, but to one created ad-hoc for the scam.
  • Spelling errors in a known domain: How to unmask a fake link? Without clicking it, hover over the link to display the real hidden URL. Often, scams replicate websites famous for everything. Not being able to duplicate the domain, they try to create one as similar as possible to the original: if you received an email that invites you to click a link that mentions amason.it or intessasanpaolo.it, you should understand that something is wrong. So pay close attention to what you click.
  • Ungrammatical message: You can often understand that it is a phishing email by the way it is written. The style may differ from what is usually expected from the sender, or the message may contain grammatical and spelling errors.

One of the reasons phishing attacks are on the rise is the lack of information: many people don’t know what they are and even how to defend themselves. Think about what would happen if just one employee of a company downloaded an infected attachment contained in a phishing email: it could cause irreparable damage to the entire organization. It is therefore essential that staff know how to recognise such threats and how to react.

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