Scam email of the week

Scam emails - spotting the fakemail amongst the realmail

Scam emails. We've all had them. Scammers love to send out emails claiming to be from a legitimate company, often the big ones such as Google or Amazon. Can you spot the realmail from the fakemail? We saw this one that claims to be from Apple, stating that we needed to click a link to change our account information. Hmmm really? Well we don't even have an Apple account, so even if this was legit, it would be nonsense!

Here's what to look for:


Does the greeting at the top of the email, such as "Dear...", address you by name or a name you would use? This one didn't, it greets us as "Dear [username]@hotmail.com", usually a pretty good indicator of a fakemail right from the start.

Does the email contain a link? Don't click on it "just to see", doing so might just confirm to the scammers that your email address is valid and lead to more scams. This is especially true with faked Amazon and Apple emails, which confirms to the scammers that they can try to get into your account with that address if you click.

Check the link text! Sometimes the real address is masked, or just cleverly written. Other times, like in our example, the address is blantantly not anything to do with Apple.com iTunes, or Apple apps. This could be how the infamous Apple celeb pic breach occured. If the link is a button, or short text, hover over the link in your email app or browser window, usually you'll see the true destination in the lower left of the screen.

If in doubt, DON'T CLICK!

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