5 signs that something’s phishy in your inbox…

3 years ago | by Chris O'Brien

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In a world where technology is king, you need to be able to protect yourself against cyber crime. Here’s the top 5 signs that something’s phishy in your inbox…


The email you’ve received contains generic greetings and lacks contact information for the sender.

Spelling & Grammar Mistakes

The email has clear spelling or grammatical errors. This is a stand out in phishing emails. Legitimate companies usually proof read extensively before sending.

Asking For Personal Information

These emails usually provide you with a link to ‘log in’, or request passwords, credit card information or ‘verifications’ on purchases.

Very Urgent Or Unexpected

A common tactic in these emails is to provoke urgency & cause panic so you’ll click on, or download their content. They achieve this by presenting a large bill, fine, or telling you an accounts been compromised. Tip: if you don’t deal with the company normally, it’s definitely fake!

Email Addresses & Links In Disguise

If you click on the senders email address, and what you see isn’t lining up with who they claim to be, something is wrong. You can also hover over any links, which will show you if they’re really taking you to that ‘website’ or somewhere else…

You’ve received an email that looks suspicious email, what do you do now?

1. Do not click on any links or attachments.
2. Call the company the email ‘claims’ to be & ask if they did in fact send you the email.
3. If you’re still unsure, call our Help Desk on 1300 661 859 & we’ll check the email in a safe environment for you.

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