5 tips to detect fraudulent e-mails

Cybersecurity is essential to avoid various virtual scams.

In these times where most things are managed and developed by technology, it is important to know how to navigate the often comfortable, but also dangerous virtual universe, since statistics do not lie when they warn of the increase in fraud and scams developed, impacting millions of people around the world.

One of the traps most chosen by cybercriminals is to obtain passwords and empty bank accounts through e-mails with malicious links. For this reason, we share with you five tips to detect when an email is fake, pretends to be from a secure organization or entity and contains fraudulent links.

5 tips to protect your e-mail

1) Cybercriminals play on urgency, the pressure to respond quickly to a possible action, and thus trap unsuspecting victims. Many of these kinds of e-mails usually contain warnings with threats of account closure and service cuts or with a unique opportunity to obtain an extraordinary benefit if you respond before a certain date.

2) Always verify the address from which the email was sent. Fraudulent emails, also called scam (not to be confused with spam, or junk mail), are sent from generic or strange addresses or similar to the original addresses of an official entity, brand or organization. Government agencies and private companies have their own domains, so it is very rare that they send an email from a Hotmail email, for example.

3) Pay attention to the email subject. Hackers use titles in capital letters and with warnings to attract the attention of their potential victims. For example, they warn of account problems, requests to change passwords and important or urgent notifications.

4) These emails usually contain texts that mention an alleged unusual activity in an account, threaten with temporary blocking, or induce to perform some immediate action to save the data or the profile in some platform.

5) It is important to pay attention to the texts. Many scams are poorly written, have grammatical or spelling errors. They are also written in different styles between paragraphs, are poorly translated and contain inconsistencies.

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