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Weekly Security Tip: How to Spot a Phishing Email

It’s the perfect time for hackers to send emails with dangerous malware and viruses. Right now, your inbox is probably filled with “COVID-19” subject lines and coronavirus focused emails. Hackers are even using a fake cdc-gov email address that’s not legitimate and spamming inboxes. How can you tell a phishing e-mail from a legitimate one? Here’s a few telltale signs:

  • 𝖫𝗈𝗈𝗄 𝖼𝗅𝗈𝗌𝖾𝗅𝗒 𝖺𝗍 𝗍𝗁𝖾 𝖾𝗆𝖺𝗂𝗅 𝖺𝖽𝖽𝗋𝖾𝗌𝗌 𝗍𝗈 𝗆𝖺𝗄𝖾 𝗌𝗎𝗋𝖾 𝗂𝗍’𝗌 𝗌𝗉𝖾𝗅𝗅𝖾𝖽 𝖼𝗈𝗋𝗋𝖾𝖼𝗍𝗅𝗒.

  • 𝖧𝗈𝗏𝖾𝗋 𝗈𝗏𝖾𝗋 𝖺𝗇𝗒 𝗅𝗂𝗇𝗄𝗌 𝗂𝗇 𝗍𝗁𝖾 𝖾𝗆𝖺𝗂𝗅 (𝖻𝗎𝗍 𝖣𝖮𝖭’𝖳 𝖢𝖫𝖨𝖢𝖪) 𝗍𝗈 𝗌𝖾𝖾 𝗍𝗁𝖾 𝖠𝖢𝖳𝖴𝖠𝖫 𝗐𝖾𝖻𝗌𝗂𝗍𝖾 𝗒𝗈𝗎’𝗅𝗅 𝖻𝖾 𝖽𝗂𝗋𝖾𝖼𝗍𝖾𝖽 𝗍𝗈. 𝖨𝖿 𝗍𝗁𝖾𝗋𝖾’𝗌 𝖺 𝗆𝗂𝗌𝗆𝖺𝗍𝖼𝗁𝖾𝖽 𝗈𝗋 𝗌𝗎𝗌𝗉𝗂𝖼𝗂𝗈𝗎𝗌 𝖴𝖱𝖫, 𝖽𝖾𝗅𝖾𝗍𝖾 𝗍𝗁𝖾 𝖾𝗆𝖺𝗂𝗅 𝗂𝗆𝗆𝖾𝖽𝗂𝖺𝗍𝖾𝗅𝗒.

  • 𝖶𝖺𝗍𝖼𝗁 𝖿𝗈𝗋 𝗉𝗈𝗈𝗋 𝗀𝗋𝖺𝗆𝗆𝖺𝗋 𝖺𝗇𝖽 𝗌𝗉𝖾𝗅𝗅𝗂𝗇𝗀 𝖾𝗋𝗋𝗈𝗋𝗌.

  • 𝖭𝖾𝗏𝖾𝗋 𝖽𝗈𝗐𝗇𝗅𝗈𝖺𝖽 𝖺𝗇 𝖺𝗍𝗍𝖺𝖼𝗁𝗆𝖾𝗇𝗍 𝗎𝗇𝗅𝖾𝗌𝗌 𝗒𝗈𝗎 𝗄𝗇𝗈𝗐 𝗐𝗁𝗈 𝗌𝖾𝗇𝗍 𝗂𝗍 & 𝗐𝗁𝖺𝗍 𝗂𝗍 𝗂𝗌.

When in doubt, call the person who supposedly sent the email on the phone to verify it’s legitimate.

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