How To Spot An Email Scam

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Learn how to spot an email scam with AVG (AU/NZ)'s 5 simple tips.

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How To Spot An Email Scam

  1. 1. AVG.COM.AUAVG.CO.NZHow To Spot An Email ScamMichael McKinnon, AVG (AU/NZ) Security Advisor
  2. 2. Overview Received a suspicious-looking email that wasn’t caught by your anti-spam filter? Here’s what to do: 1. Check the sender and subject 2. Look for spelling and grammatical errors 3. Exercise caution with links and attachments 4. Spot unusual images or logos 5. Be aware of existing common scamsAVG.COM.AU AVG.CO.NZ
  3. 3. Sender and subject details Things to look for: • A subject line that doesn‟t make sense, or seems overly „spammy‟ • The sender‟s „from‟ address being completely different to the one the message asks you to reply to • The automatic „reply-to‟ address being different (hit „reply‟ to test – but don‟t send of course!) • A blank sender and subjectAVG.COM.AU AVG.CO.NZ
  4. 4. Spelling and grammatical errors Things to look for: • Text that is readable, but riddled with odd punctuation, grammar or spelling • Extra and unnecessary spaces and paragraphs • A lack of required spaces or paragraphsAVG.COM.AU AVG.CO.NZ
  5. 5. Links and attachments Attempting to click on links or open attachments within unknown emails is incredibly dangerous – so exercise extreme care! • Always hover your mouse over the links first, to see where they lead • Internet security software with LinkScanning technology is a must (but even with this, there is STILL a risk!)AVG.COM.AU AVG.CO.NZ
  6. 6. Images and logos Things to look for: • Squashed logos and images that just don‟t look right! • Logos that are outdatedAVG.COM.AU AVG.CO.NZ
  7. 7. Common email scams Be wary of any of these types of email messages: 1. Standard phishing – “We need you to supply your account details…” 2. Something is wrong – “There is a problem with your transaction…” 3. Something is waiting – “A package has arrived for you…” 4. You’ve won – “Congratulations! $1 million is yours…” 5. Work at home – “Start earning $$$ working from home…” View other common email scams on the Australian Government‟s SCAMWatch website or the AVG (AU/NZ) blogAVG.COM.AU AVG.CO.NZ
  8. 8. Summary 1. Email cannot always be trusted 2. If unsure, simply delete! 3. Use an anti-spam filter – this is included in AVG Internet Security Happy scam-free emailing! AVG.COM.AU AVG.CO.NZ
  9. 9. Thank you! Connect with us to stay up to date with the latest news and information about online threats and scams. Come and say hello! avg.com.au facebook.com/avgaunz avg.co.nz twitter.com/avgaunz Copyright © 2012 AVG (AU/NZ) Pty Ltd, an Avalanche Technology Group company. All rights reserved.AVG.COM.AU AVG.CO.NZ

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