HAVING TROUBLE WITH SCAMMERS? HOW TO IDENTIFY FAKE BANKING EMAILS
Without any doubt, fake emails are sent by scammers for several reasons which are not beneficial to you.
How does it work? It's simple; it works by getting you to visit fake sites in order to input your personal information.
Mind you, the emails are oftentimes difficult to identify because they portray very close semblance with the original email coming from your bank.
So, to this effect, we've compiled, just for you, some tips on how to identify these emails and what to do if you suspect you've gotten one.
Let's trek through it together;
#NEVER TRUST THE DISPLAY NAME
ONE of the major tactics cyber criminals employ is to deceive you through the display name of the email.
The mail portrays the name and logo of your bank such that you easily believe it's coming right from your bank.
So, to reduce the chances of becoming a victim of scammers, first verify the email address in the header; if there's anything unusual or fishy, no matter how insignificant or negligible it may seem, don't open the mail.
#HOVER YOUR CURSOR BUT DON'T CLICK
WAIT! Don't just click on links within the content of the email without verifying where the URL points to.
Hover your cursor over the link without clicking. Fortunately, most browsers provide this benefit by displaying the information when you hover your cursor over the link without clicking. If the link looks strange, don't click on it.
Well, if your browser doesn't really provide that benefit, no cause for alarm! You could simply test the link by opening another tab( a new tab) and input the website address directly.
#CHECK FOR SPELLING ERRORS OR POOR SENTENCE CONSTRUCTION
BANKS are 100% serious about emails. You seldom find any error in spelling or poor sentence construction in their emails( not disputing the fact that there can be).
So, it's advisable you go through your email painstakingly and report anything suspicious.
#BEWARE OF THREATENING TONES
BE wary of subject lines that invoke a sort of feeling of fear or urgency and requesting you fill in your information or call a particular number. Banks hardly use such tones in their emails. BE CAREFUL!
Banks see you as a customer and not a threat to their system so they relate in a customer-friendly manner even through their emails.
TO WRAP IT UP, never you forget;
√ Don't trust the display name
√ Hover your cursor but don't click
√ CHECK for spelling errors and/or poor sentence construction
√ Beware of THREATENING TONES
Don't just ignore, it's advisable you pass(share) this across to your friends and kinsfolk. Take precautionary measures now!