Guest Post: April 23rd Is National Email Day! Learn How To Stay On Guard Against Email Scams

By Hank Schless, Senior Manager of Security Solutions at Lookout

More than half of the world’s population uses email, and by 2024 there will be over 4.4 billion email users around the world. Emails are essential to our everyday life, but if unprotected, could leave your private information exposed. 

In celebration of National Email Day, Lookout shares its top tips to determine if an email is a phishing scam:

Obvious misspellings and grammatical errors: Newsletters, notifications, and other email messages go through several rounds of approvals before distribution. 

Check the “sent from” email address: Real companies will send from their own domain. One easy way to check for authenticity is to make sure a company email isn’t coming from an address ending in  “@gmail.com” or  “@yahoo.com”.

Requests to follow a link or open an attachment: Important information is shared in the body of an email. Requests to click a link for more information, or download an attachment for a message, are likely a scam.

Demanding urgency: If you receive an email requiring immediate action from you, usually involving private information like social security, birthday, bank information, or more, immediately call the company this message is supposedly from. Reputable companies will never ask for personal information to be shared over email.  

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