The Dangers of Email Scams

Internet safety is a huge concern, especially for people who have a lot of personal information documented online. The scary fact is, one of the easiest ways to get hacked or to have personal information stolen is through email. This is especially dangerous for large businesses because counterfeit email addresses can be easily created and used to gain information from a large pool of unsuspecting co-workers. There are other concerns for businesses as well, such as printer security. Digital printers process a lot of confidential material and can be hacked for that information. There are some ways to protect against this kind of theft and it is important for individuals and businesses alike to know how to spot an email phishing scam.

Tell-Tale Signs

Here are some of the most common signs that an email is part of a phishing scam:

  • The display name does not match the email address. The email address should match the display name.
  • Embedded Links can be dangerous. For extra security, employees can hover over the link and see if it looks suspicious.
  • Companies asking for personal information. Most legitimate companies will not ask for personal information, like banking details, through email.

These are just some of the ways to ensure that email security, printer security, copier security and overall document security stay intact.