How do you know if an email is fake/spam?

Fake or spam emails are still a very common thing to receive and, despite being common knowledge, they are still finding ways to fool the recipient.How do you know if an email is fake

There are, however, some telltale signs that could save you giving away unnecessary information such as your password, credit card number or bank account details.

Here are a few tricks to look out for, hopefully saving you a huge headache:

  1. Hover over a link before you click

One sure-fire way to spot a spam link is to hover over the link and check the URL that it is taking you to. If the name of the company doesn’t match, or (even more sneakily) has been moved to the right (such as info.natwest.com), do not click it!

  1. It sounds too good to be true

Quite often spam emails are over the top with their selling technique. They will offer you unbelievable deals, often in a message full of typos and poor spelling. Unfortunately, a long lost family member probably hasn’t got a bank transfer waiting and you haven’t won a free cruise.

  1. Asks for information they should already have

It is one of the more common agendas to gather personal data such as your bank account details. Always be wary of this type of email. Would your bank really be contacting you if they didn’t have your account number? Always give them a call before giving away anything personal.

  1. You don’t remember buying a lottery ticket

Have you won a free Rolex without entering a Rolex competition? Have you somehow won the lottery without even buying a ticket? These spam senders may be sneaky, but this type of email goes to show that they’re definitely not psychic.

  1. If the words ‘cash’ or ‘money’ are involved

This should always be a warning flag. If anybody mentions needing money, sending money or the fact that you’ve won money, it is usually spam. They might dress it up like expenses that need covering, tax that you owe, or even a money competition that requires your personal bank details in order to enter. Avoid at all costs.

We hope these tips help to keep you safe from the dangerous consequences of spam emails. If there’s anything we can help you with, please contact a member of our team and we’d be more than happy to help – 0800 9520652.