“Some emails are just DODGY! (Part 2)” IT Support Episode 16
Hi, this is Christian from “Northstar IT” and this week I’m continuing my series – “Dodgy emails”.
So this week I want to give you a little tip about how to spot a genuine email, maybe from a utility company or your phone company, maybe you’ve spent a bit too much money this month on a credit card, whatever the bill is a little tip to be able to spot the difference between something is genuine and something that is fake and the fake ones are usually there to try and lever either information or money out of you from a criminal organisation or person.
When you receive one of those emails, there’s going to be some links in it. Now you can hover your mouse cursor over website link, email address, the logo in it and some of these look really genuine and even I’ve had to follow this tip just to make sure what I’m receiving is genuine and always scrutinise it. Hover the mouse cursor over any of the links that you see in that email and I guarantee you, if it’s fake, one of those links or more
go to a completely different website than the legitimate company it’s claiming to come from.
So the example would be, if it’s a utility company and I’m not mentioning any names, no favouritism, you hover the mouse over their company name and
it takes you to the website that you know about, you hover the mouse over and you get this little link that shows you a little preview as to where that link goes to and the link that says “Pay this bill” or “Contact us here” all of a sudden directs you to www.xyz123456.z.ru anything.
But genuinely you can look at it and the two don’t even closely match. That one is a fake one. Always be on the lookout. Especially if something looks
a little bit questionable.
It’s better safe than sorry.