How to Identify a Fake, Phishing or Scam Email

Best advice if you suspect an email is a scam

August 13, 2015Posted by Linda

  • Do not click on any links at all

  • Delete the email - note that it will go into your deleted mailbox

  • Delete the email from your deleted mailbox to prevent accidental opening later

  • Never send money to anyone based on information in an email without double checking

  • Never click on a link in an email asking you to confirm your account.

  • Your bank will never ask you to confirm your account or login details by email

You should take these steps if ...

  • your Security program flags the email as a virus

  • the email is from someone you do not normally get emails from

  • you get an email saying a friend is in a foreign country and has lost their money

  • you get an email from your bank asking you to confirm your login or anything similar

  • you have not just reset your Email or account password but you get a message telling you about a password change

  • charity request emails are also usually not legitimate

Check this fake email from Paypal

August 13, 2015Posted by Linda

copy of a scam email from paypal

Other things to Look for

August 18, 2015Posted by Linda


In the above email - the address of the sender looks like it is from Paypal - but if you look closely to the email address the l in name is actually a capital i.... meaning it is not from Paypal at all.

Paypal also knows that my name is Linda, so it would address all emails to Dear Linda....not Dear paypal Member

Often Face emails will have some very odd grammar or spelling mistakes. This email was actually well written.

Some links in the email will be correct, but the most important links in the email would not have take you to Paypal. If you hover your mouse over the link most browsers will show the link at the bottom of the screen. In this case the link did not go to paypal.

If you use an email client such as outlook to download your emails, you can usually view the source code of the email. This will give details of the sender... often this will seem to be as listed in the email but it is possible to check further - in this case the email was not from