A few weeks ago I wrote a blog regarding my email being hacked and how this led us to wire money to a fraudulent account. What I did not address in that piece is that hackers are getting in via so-called phishing emails.
Phishing emails are sneaky because they look like they are on the up and up. Some appear as order confirmations from stores, others seem like they are from Zillow, and then there are those from friends and associates containing strange links. While they seem legitimate, there is always some sort of “tell” that can show you that they are not. For example, if you hover your cursor over the email address, you might notice that one letter is off. Similarly, you can hover over a link within an email and see if it exposes the fact that the link does not direct you to the intended destination.
The problem with these emails is that they look so real that you and I would likely not think twice about opening them or clicking on the link, which could grant hackers access to your account. The only real solution to phishing scams is for all of us to be vigilant. It takes extra time, but do hover over links and email addresses to determine if they are correct. If not correct then report them as spam. EWM Realty has an email address where we can send anything that seems odd, and I’ll bet that many other large companies do too.
We are all on e-mail autopilot, but we have to be more aware. I know that I am standing on a soap box and preaching to you about creating more work for yourself; however, this has to stop. Be careful with your emails and I will do the same, and if you ever see something strange coming from my address please let me know so that I can do everything in my power to fix it.
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