Raise your hand if you have ever opened a suspicious looking email only to discover your instincts were correct, and you should not have opened it. It happens, so we decided to share a few tips and warning signs to look for before opening another suspicious email.

Please remember phishing scams are designed to trick you into providing personal information to criminals. If you receive an email that is asking you to review login information to an account, or asking you to call them for support with a sense of urgency please delete it.

Here are a few email warning signs that may help.

  1. Don’t open email from someone you do not know or trust. No matter how tempting the subject line is.
  2. Don’t send sensitive information or documents via email.
  3. Don’t open attachments or click on links inside the email from an address you don’t know.
  4. Beware of emails marked urgent, and look for spelling and grammar mistakes.
  5. Don’t check your email using public Wi-Fi.
  6. Do use a spam filter.
  7. Make sure you have antivirus protection installed on your computer that also runs scheduled scans and updates.
  8. Do change your passwords regularly.

If you have any questions about phishing scams or suspicious email, please give us a call at 1.800.687.3222. We are always happy to help.