Phishing emails are so obvious these days, you would have to be a bit of an idiot not to recognize them, but the fact is, there are still some uneducated and naive people that may fall for some of the scams. You don’t need to be a tech geek or nerd to spot the obvious.
The following image is a prime example of a phishing email…
The email is all wrong. PayPal wouldn’t send you anything from an earthlink.net email address, so that’s an instant delete right there. The next indication is where it says, “Dear Client”, just because they capitalised ‘Client’ doesn’t make it any more official, it should actually be your real name.
Another thing to look out for is spelling and grammar, if you’re not very good at English, the first two reasons should be enough for you to delete the email.
I’ll point out the mistakes in bold:
“This is just to confirm that you change your Security questions to your PayPal account.”
“If you didn’t add make this change…”
The correct grammar would be, “that you changed” and “security“, no capital S needed. That is how you it’s most likely a foreign person who has created the email, especially when it also says, “didn’t add make”, you would use one or the other or both if you said ‘add or make this change’.
So there you go, look out for those simple mistakes and your online accounts should stay safe, but remember to use secure passwords, that’s the most important thing and don’t worry about writing them down. People recommend that you don’t write down passwords, when you have multiple logins on various websites that use passwords such as LDzx75C%k+m (not used by me for anything, randomly generated for the sole purpose of this blog post), you need to write them down and anyway, it’s always best to have a hard copy.