How to Identify Spoof/Phishing Emails – Protect Yourself from Identity Theft

Spoof emails (sometimes also called “Phishing”) are emails that pretend to be from a company or bank. The most common often come from eBay, PayPal, Barclays Bank etc. These emails will then contain a web link, if you click on this link then you will be taken to a login page and asked to enter your details. Most of these scammers go a long way to try and get your details, most spoof emails contain links to identical websites and users are tricked into entering their personal information. If you submit your information through one of these spoof websites then the fraudster has all of your details and can commit crimes using your identity.

You may wonder how the scammers got your address or knew you were a member of a particular bank or institution. Often it is just good luck on the part of the scammers GoDaddy email login. They normally do not target individuals, but send out thousands of scam emails to randomly generated email addresses, in the hope that just a few will be successful. They also trawl the web for valid addresses they can use, and swap this information with each other. If you have ever posted on an Internet forum or published something on the web, there’s a good chance your address is out there somewhere just waiting to be found. If you have fallen victim before, your address is normally added to a list of ‘easy victims’, and you are likely to then receive even more scams.

Here are 4 simple tests that you can perform on any email you suspect is a spoof. Your email can only pass the test if it passes ALL FOUR of the tests. If your email passes all of the four tests then you can be 99.9% certain that it is a genuine email. If your email passes all four of the tests then we would also advise you to check the “Other Tips” section just to double check that your email is genuine.

If your email fails JUST ONE of the four tests then the email is a spoof and shouldn’t be replied to and should be deleted immediately from your computer. Even if your email fails the test, I would still advise you to check out the “Other Tips” page for more good ways to spot a spoof email.

Have a look at how the email addresses you. Most spoofs will say something along the lines of “Dear eBay user”. This is the very first thing you should look for in a spoof email. Any email that doesn’t address you by your name is a spoof. Ebay, PayPal and banks always address you by the name you registered with on their site, they NEVER send out emails saying

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