From: UTech Security
RE: UTech Security Awareness Bulletin - How to Handle Suspicious Email
There are good reasons to be suspicious of email. Some email messages could be phishing scams or carry viruses. Phishing is the act of sending an email to a user falsely claiming to be another trusted user or company in an attempt to steal their credentials. Phishing messages may look like they’re from a company you know or trust. They may look like they’re from a bank, a credit card company, a social networking site, an online payment website or app, or an online store.
Phishing messages often tell a story to trick you into clicking on a link or opening an attachment. They may:
Follow these guidelines to help protect yourself when suspicious email shows up in your Inbox:
1) Approach links in email messages with caution - Links in email messages can often take you to fake sites that encourage you to transmit personal or financial information to scammers. Some email messages contain links that download and install viruses when clicked.
Before you click a link, make sure to read the target address. If the message appears to come from your bank, but the target address isn’t your bank, do not click the link.
4) Don’t trust offers that seem too good to be true.
5) Use up-to-date anti-virus software - Anti-virus software recognizes most known viruses and protects your computer against them, so you may be able to detect and remove the virus before it can do any damage.