Recognizing a phishing email

Did you know… 
 

Phishing, pronounced ‘fishing’ emails try to entice you into disclosing personal information, such as your username, password or bank account details. Once that information gets entered in the scammers website, there is no end to what they can do with it. 

 

One example: "You have been given a tax refund. To help us process your payment, please click here and enter your name, address, phone number and bank details."   

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From: 365Office TeamMicrosoft [mailto:microsoft-teamwork@kisland.com]  
Sent: Tuesday, April 25, 2017 5:05 PM 
To: example@example.com 
Subject: Validate Your E-mail Account 
 
Microsoft Office365 

Hi User, 
Your Microsoft E-mail has exceeded its mail quota on our server. 

You will be unable to receive messages within 24hrs if you don't validate your E-mail Address. 

 

Please click here To Validate. 

Thanks. 
Outlook.com Mail

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How To Identify Phishing Emails 

 
In the example above, the clearest indicator is in the From field.   
“From: 365Office TeamMicrosoft [mailto:microsoft-teamwork@kisland.com]” 

The mailto: address is shown to be part of the kisland.com domain.  This isn’t a legitimate email from Microsoft as it would end in @microsoft.com

 

The second give away is the mouse hover over pop-up link contained in the  

“Please Click Here To Validate” line.   This link points to freetrafficsystem.net/office365\index.php?email=example@example.com which is also not a microsoft.com address. 

 

Other emails may not be so obvious and you may question their legitimacy.  Being cautious is the best line of defense when it comes to questionable emails.  Whenever in doubt contact Accurate and we can double check. 

 
 
For assistance on this specific tip or for any other question/concern you may have please contact us at 1-855-515-5777 or by email support@accuratenetworks.ca