How Phishers Con You
In order for phishers to wreak havoc with your personal details, they first need to get these details from you.
The criminals perpetrating these thefts are clever, and skilled at deception. Should you receive a phishing email or find yourself on a suspect website, several clues should give away the truth:
Hyperlinks: when you hover over a link in an email, the full, genuine URL should appear as a tooltip. If this link doesn’t match what is written in an email, then there is something suspicious about it and you shouldn’t go any further.
HTTPS: Banks and other organizations that store personal details should be conducting Internet transactions (whether monetary or information) with a secure connection. If you are taken via an email to your bank website and the URL in the address bar doesn’t show https:// then you need to close the window.
Grammar, old logos, bad disguise: If you’re looking for something to prove that the website or email is fake, you will usually find it. The most common errors that the cyber criminals make are related to poor English grammar. Banks and credit card companies have whole departments dedicated to ensuring that anything issued is worded correctly in order to maintain the image of the organization.