How To Know If My Email Is Spam
Published: April 25, 2022
If you're like us, you receive many e-mails a day. While most of the time, these e-mails are harmless, some can actually be spam. Spam e-mails can pose a security risk to your computer. Once they are opened, cybercriminals can access your personal information.
Personal information can include banking information, social insurance numbers, and more.
Before you open any e-mails, you must look for the following vital pieces.
- Sender's e-mail address: An e-mail address can say a lot about who is sending it. Legitimate companies will have their e-mail. If the body of the e-mail claims it's from a business but uses a free e-mail service such as Yahoo, Hotmail, or G-mail, it is considered spam. Also, there shouldn't be an odd pattern of numbers in the e-mail address.
- Requesting information: If you happen to receive an e-mail from what appears to be your bank and it asks for personal information, delete it right away. No financial institution will ask for any information over e-mail.
- Greeting: While it may seem aloof, a greeting can say a lot about an e-mail. Bank e-mails will address you by name, whereas spam e-mails may say something like Dear valued customer, or even good morning. So, if you receive an e-mail with a generic greeting, it's most likely spam.
- Content: Spam e-mails will contain many links and lots of spelling and grammar errors.
- Images: A legitimate e-mail will contain high-quality pictures. However, spam e-mails contain low-resolution photos. So if you receive an e-mail that looks like it's from your bank, but the image is poor, it's more than likely spam.
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