One of our clients has just queried an email they have received – they did the right thing querying it with us because it is a Phishing message.
East Yorkshire Companies Receiving Phishing Emails
What the fraudsters are attempting to do with these emails is to trick you into “logging in” to a fake website they have set up. They then have with your email credentials and password, which they can record and use later to gain access to your email account
Here is the text of the email so you can recognise it if you receive it:
MailBox De-activation© Hi <name> We are doing a spam and fraudulent verification survey, which your e-mail account <name>@<company>.co.uk was listed and has recently been updated. It's important you verify your account to help us survey your account better. <name>@<company>.co.uk. Verify Your Account Now If verification is not gotten from you in the next 48hr, we will assume you are a fraudulent user and shut down your email account, till a proper verification recovery before you can access your account again Thanks. Admin ! ©2017 All Rights Reserved This email was generated for %0% with reference no. 2147dfff456345 This is an automated message replies cannot be answered E-mail Server Admin .
How to Spot a Phishing Email
The features that make this an obvious phishing scam are:
- It refers to “admin” and not your real IT company
- The sender address is not in your address book
- The English is poor and it is clearly written by a non-native speaker
- It wants to scare you into clicking a link – a real IT company would not ask you to click a suspicious link
What to do if you get a suspicious email
You might argue that you have nothing confidential in your email account, however, think about how many other accounts on websites you have that are linked to your email account… Even if the password is different, once a criminal has access to your email account they can request a password change on any number of sites and therefore take control of almost all of your online accounts. They can use your saved payment credentials and start ordering items on your account for delivery to their own address. You will never know as they will delete the password, reset the email after taking your money.
Our advice if you receive such an email is that if you are unsure, delete the mail – or at the very least do not click any links and query it immediately with your IT support team.
Digitalquill – Experts in East Yorkshire IT Security
If you need IT support in East Yorkshire for your business, or have a suspicious phishing email, call Digitalquill on 01482 424402 or visit www.digitalquill.co.uk.