• How to identify phishing email

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    The best way to avoid falling for a phishing email is to be aware of the common techniques that they use. Some of the most common techniques include:

    1. Asking for personal or sensitive information: Phishing emails will often try to trick you into revealing confidential information, such as your credit card number or account passwords. They may do this by asking you to verify your account information or by providing a ‘secure’ link that leads to a fake website.
    2. Creating a sense of urgency: Phishing emails will often try to create a sense of urgency by claiming that your account has been compromised or that you need to take immediate action to avoid a negative consequence.
    3. Using spoofed email addresses: Phishing emails will often use spoofed email addresses that appear to be from a legitimate source, such as your bank or credit card company. They may also use the logos and branding of the legitimate company to make their emails seem more credible.
    4. Including attachments or links: Phishing emails will often include attachments or links that lead to websites that are designed to steal your personal information. These websites may look identical to the legitimate website, but they will have a different URL.

    If you receive an email that contains any of these elements, you should exercise caution before responding. You can also visit the website of the company that the email purports to be from to see if there are any announcements about phishing attempts. Finally, you can always contact the company directly to inquire about the email’s legitimacy.