How to Identify a Phishing Email

You have heard and read about security breaches and maybe even about phishing schemes (we have written about it multiple times). But no matter how much security you put in place, nothing is 100% guaranteed. Some threats will occasionally make their through to your inbox—even for the security experts like BSSi2. That is why your last line of defense is education and the “often not so common” common sense.

Below are two phishing emails that reached my inbox. They look very real but something about them said to me “be suspicious”. Here are the clues in each email that told me not to click on anything.

LogMeIn

We are a big proponent of LogMeIn for remote access, so at first I figured this may be legit. But any email that says my account or credit card has expired and I need to click on a link or attachment is suspect. A client of ours received similar email on the same day.

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American Express

This one was suspicious from the start as I do not have an American Express card. So let’s see what else told me this was not real.

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The bad guys are getting smarter and are improving their grammar. But very often you can see these clues and being just a little diligent will save you are great deal of time, aggravation and money.

Conclusion

Unfortunately with the proliferation of cybersecurity and a mobile society, you must always be wary of emails that give you a warning about your online financial information to access it from the email. Better to go to the web site yourself and not from any links in the email.