Tuesday, January 09, 2018

Phishing Email attack examples and how to avoid them

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Most times, buying things online or doing internet banking are our normal routines. But we must also know that the use of the internet is highly vulnerable and can lead to  compromising our account details to fraudsters if we are not careful. Thus, protecting our personal details online is mandatory.

One of the cyber attacks many people nowadays are affected is  Phishing Email Attack.  Many people are affected by fraudulent emails called the Phishing Emails every day. These phishing emails seek to trick you into giving out your personal or banking (for an example) details by providing links that seem to lead to a legitimate  Internet Banking website (your bank) but it is actually a fake website. Please note that attackers not only attack Bankers but other online accounts. We are using banking accounts here as an example for this tutorial.

Ways you can identify phishing emails.

  • The email contains poor grammar or punctuation. 
  • It may not address you by name.
  • It instructs you to click on a link.
  • It asks for confidential financial information.

Example of a phishing email scam targeting a bank user is shown below.



If you look careful on the Phishing Email attack to a bank customer above, you will notice few things.
1. A similar domain name is used. Example. The attackers are using bsp.com, If you are not careful, you may think that the email is coming from official website (bsp.com.pg) but it is not true.
2. A link is provided to be followed which banks will never do.
3. The sender will not identify you by Name  on the email.
4.  The above is a phishing email Attack.

What will happen if you are not careful? 
If you are not careful and you followed the links the attackers provided, you will be taken to a login  page where you will be told to enter your Login details. By the time you enter your details, the attackers will get access to your details i.e: Passwords and usernames.
Then they will use your details to access your account and transfer all your money.. They will even change the passwords to log you out.

How to avoid Phishing Email Attacks.

1.  Look carefully on the email address (sender's email address). If it is not from your service provider, delete the email immediately.
2. Do not click on Links provided on the email.

3. Check the senders name and whether that person addressed you by name.. If none of these exits in the email, delete the email as it is a phishing email.
4. Even if you get a email from your service provider, the best thing to do is call them up and confirm the email.

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