#fakemail & how to spot it
Remember those marvellous faxes from a far away country with official stamps and crests all over them – they were pretty easy to spot as fake weren’t they? The ever evolving IoT (Internet of Things) has brought a whole new level of fake to the fore. Fraudsters are finding more ways to confuse with authentic looking emails and social media posts. So how do you navigate this and avoid being caught out?
The simple answer is don’t respond to or click on things that aren’t familiar to you.
?BUT what if you get an email from a well known company? Say Microsoft or Dropbox, or one of your colleagues (even worse – your boss). How do you know if it is genuine or fake?
The real answer is look at the email address that it has come from. The originating email address will have something unusual about it. The first part will look almost genuine like msonline@, but the domain will not – @anati.gob.pa
See our examples below. The first a ‘spoof mail’ that looked like it was from a colleague – thankfully the recipient realised there was something wrong and didn’t action the payment request.