How to spot a phishing email: Tips to detect a fake email

Anyone can be a victim of phishing, these tips will help you recognise whether an email is accurate


Email is an effective gateway for hackers and cybercriminals, with especially for social engineering attacks such as phishing.

A 2017 study from Keepnet Labs showed that a staggering 48.2 percent of phishing messages were opened by the target across all campaigns, up from 30 percent in 2016.

Security issues like malware and ransomware are frequently delivered via email - and so it takes just one unrecognised successful breach to affect the safety of an organisation.

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According to Keepnet Labs, phishing attacks tend to be successful as they target basic human natural responses. This is due to the fact that the emails are disguised to look like those sent by popular brands & organisations, however there are ways to spot when something isn’t right.

Here are some tips for detecting a phishing email.

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