Learn How to Identify Fake Emails

MailXaminer | May 10th, 2019 | Forensics

Nowadays the attacks through the emails are increasing day by day. The attackers considered email as a safe platform for their activities. Emails are the most commonly using platform to personal and professional communication. Unfortunately, in today’s world emails are used for the criminal purpose more than the normal communication. The scammers are coming from different angles to trick the users for earning money from them. In such situations, it is important to know how to find/ identify fake emails and escape from the attack. In this blog, we are going to see the tips to recognize fraud emails.

Some of the common types of email threats that use fake emails to attack the users are: Phishing, Whaling, Key loggers, Spear phishing, Ransomware, etc. Most of the organization considered emails as the primary source of communication. All legitimate companies and organization have certain standers for generating their emails. But the emails used in email attacks are normally doesn’t match these standards they always kept a loophole in their message which helps the user to spot fake emails. In this blog, we are going to see how to identify fake emails.

Nonpersonalized Greeting

This is the easiest section to check fake emails. The emails from the legitimate company will always address you directly by using your name. The phishing or fake emails always use generic salutation such as Dear Customer, Dear account holder, etc. This is an easy indication to find fake emails. But some times this information will not be useful. The fraud emails will use the salutation with your name like if any companies or organization you deal with may use your names for acquiring any information.

The Legitimate Organization has Domain Emails

To identify fake emails you can also check the sender’s address. None of the legitimate companies or organization use public internet account like Hotmail, Gmail, etc. But some of the fraud emails will contain domain email look like they are authorized. In such a situation check the domain and make sure that no alternatives are made. That is the domain doesn’t contain any additional numbers or letters. But it is not a completely foolproof method to find fake emails.

Check for spelling and Grammar Mistake

This is another simple way to recognize fraud emails. The email created by legitimate companies will be well written. Grammar and spelling mistake very rare in such emails. There is a little known fact behind this grammatical and spelling errors in the fraud emails. They are actually trying to target the less observant, less educated users.

Requesting for Sensitive Information

Another method to find fake emails they directly will request for confidential information. The main speciality of the fake emails are making the victim to believe they are from legitimate source and request for their sensitive information. In most cases the attackers acquiring the information through making fear in users or indicate dangers. This will cause the users to take automatic actions favorable to the attacker.

Containing Incorrect URL

Most probably the phishing emails or fake emails contains Hyperlink to steal your data. Clicking such links will open a fake page or download spam into your system. So before opening the emails make sure the link is the same as that actually you want to go. This will help you to identify fake emails very accurately To make sure the hyperlinks are correct before opening it:

  • Move mouse over the link. It will show the actual link to where the hyperlink will take you
  • If you are using mobile use link preview to view the actual URL.

Contains Unsolicited attachments

Another way to recognize fraud emails are checking the attachment. The authorized organizations will not send random emails with attachments. They always try to send the message with a proper reason and description of the attachment. The most common technique using by the attackers is sending unsolicited emails with attachments. Normally through downloading these attachments, the attackers try to get the access of your system.

Low resolution image

Another method is to check the images in the emails. The false sites or emails generally don’t care about their image quality. The poor image quality in the logo and other graphics gives an indication of fake.

Final words

Understanding various email threats and how to identify fraud emails will help the user to protect them self from the cyber attack. In the above blog, we discussed various tips to check fake emails and avoid them. The above methods will help you to easily recognize fraud emails through normal email observation.