One of the safest communication media today is email. Because email service providers such as Google and Yahoo have provided online scanning features such as email verifier to filter out harmful viruses or malware that have the potential to harm users.
However, Google’s online antivirus system was not fully able to eliminate the threat of malicious e-mail that entered the user’s inbox. Even more dangerous, many users are often unaware that the email they are open has a ‘malicious’ purpose or contains a link that can spread the virus to computer devices or networks that are currently installed.
However, don’t worry because these malicious e-mails have signs that distinguish them from ‘normal’ emails. Here are four signs that can help you identify dangerous emails.
Use of common greeting words
One sign of a malicious e-mail that contains an element of fraud is the use of common greeting words, such as “Dear Customer”. This is one of the unique and common mistakes that can be found in emails that were intentionally sent to unknown recipients.
Currently, email applications or other applications in modern computing devices such as smartphones are equipped with a feature called ‘Mail Merge’. This feature will create a template for the e-mail section of user data that has been registered through a banking application for example.
So when you receive an email from your bank, the greeting word automatically used is your name, for example, “Dear Ann” or “Dear Michael”, and not “Dear Customer”. Therefore, if there is an incoming email using the general greeting you should be suspicious and do not necessarily obey the contents of the email. For example, directions for filling out your data or your banking password.
However, emails using greetings with your name may be all safe. One way to be sure is to check if the e-mail is from a technology company, bank, or seller that you have previously dealt with.
The email contains a strange link
Whatever happens, try to not directly click the link in the email that feels suspicious. To make sure the address you go to when clicking on the e-mail is to hover over the link. Then, automatically the link’s original address will be displayed in the lower-left corner of your browser or email service page.
At first glance, it says ‘apple.com’, so people might think this is an email from Apple. However, when traced to the end of the address it will be known if the parent site of the link is ‘artXXia.es’.