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Defend Yourself from Email Impersonation Attack

Posted on: Monday, April 22, 2019

Emails remain one of the most common ways where businesses notify their clients about updates on their services, announcement of new products, or reminders about their accounts. However, scammers have also taken advantage of this technology to trick people and acquire their personal information through a technique called email spoofing.

Email spoofing starts with the scammer sending a notification email to its victims, usually pretending to be from a well-known retail business. This message strongly suggests that the user should immediately update their personal information or they will risk losing their account. The email uses many corporate elements that are often found in official emails, such as the company logo, contact information, and a corporate email address. This is the reason why many users are tricked into thinking that the email came from the official source.  Only upon close inspection will you notice that there are several red flags in the email, warning you that it might not come from the company you thought it was from.

Spoofed email can also pretend to come from other sources like the email address of someone you trust, or even from your own email address. They are well-structured to make you believe that the email came from a trusted source so that you’ll let your guard down and be convinced to click on the links included in the email. Be very cautious and don’t click on any of those links! These can redirect you to a fake update or login form that will capture your personal data. To prevent this, go directly to the official website and update your credentials there. Make sure to update your password as well. If you are sure that you are not subscribed to the website or service indicated in the email, you can disregard the email and/or mark it as spam to prevent it from reappearing in your inbox.

Don’t get hooked by phishers! If you need further help or assistance, WebFocus Solutions, Inc. is here to certainly guide you about these timely technology issues. Check us out at  www.webfocus.ph for more details.

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