1. Unknown Sender
If the email comes from an unknown or suspicious address, one should be careful. Scammers often use similar but slightly different email addresses that appear legitimate at first glance.
2. Spelling and grammatical errors
Many fake emails contain spelling and grammatical errors. Professional companies usually pay attention to correct language.
3. Unusual salutation
If the email begins with a generic or unusual salutation, such as “Dear Customer” instead of your name, this could be an indication of a spoofed email.
4. Request for personal information
Phishing emails often ask for personal or financial information to be disclosed. Legitimate companies typically do not ask for such sensitive information via email.
A common tactic used by scammers is to feign urgency, such as threatening fines or banning accounts if immediate action is not taken.
6. Unusual links or attachments
Suspicious links or attachments, especially if not expected, should be a red flag. Hover your mouse over the link (without clicking) to see the actual URL. Supposed invoices that are sent as an HTML document instead of the usual PDF document are also popular. If you receive an email with such an attachment, you can delete the email immediately. Because here you will also be directed to a fake website.
7. Unusual requests
If the email asks you to do something unusual, like pay an unfamiliar bill or click an unfamiliar link, be skeptical.
8. Check the company
If you are unsure whether an email is legitimate, contact the company directly using the official website or phone number, not the contact information provided in the suspicious email.