Spoof email – a danger to your business
Yesterday we received a spoof email and we immediately thought we would let you know what email spoofing is & how to recognise it, why spoof email is a danger to your small business and finally, how to stay safe.
Here’s the spoof email we received at ITC yesterday:
What is spoof email & why it is a danger to your business
Spoofing occurs when the sender of an e-mail message pretends to be someone else; You would receive an email that appears to have originated from one source when it actually was sent from another source. E-mail spoofing is usually an attempt to trick you into making a damaging statement or releasing sensitive information, such as your password. Spoof emails also spread dangerous viruses.
How to stay protected and reduce spoof email?
Andrew says: “You should not open suspicious emails and under no circumstances should you click on suspicious links. However, the risk is that it can be difficult to distinguish spoof email from genuine emails and the safest solution not to have your sensitive information stolen is to use our Spam filtering to reduce the number of spoof emails you receive to the absolute minimum. In turn, to protect your computer systems I recommend using our ESET Antivirus, which unlike other AV programmes, keeps your systems safe from spoof emails.”
Spoof emails can contain the following:
- Alarmist messages and threats of account closures.
- Promises of money for little or no effort.
- Deals that sound too good to be true.
- Requests to donate to a charitable organization after a disaster that has been in the news.
- Bad grammar and misspellings.