How to identify phishing emails

Phishing is a type of email hack often used to steal your data. Phishing scams  are often sent via email to try and trick you into giving out personal information such as your bank account details, passwords or credit card details. Below are number of phishing email examples to keep a look out for.



From this preview of the email, there are a couple of that indicators to this being a fake or malicious email.

  1. First, CONGRATULATIONS, this is a keyword that scammers use to attract people into thinking that they have won something and hoping the recipient would click on the link and proceed without thinking.
  2. The Fwd: generally speaking, forwarded emails are prefixed “FW:” Subject.

Assuming that you believe the email is still genuine, you can open the email and be vigilant of a couple more Items.  On opening the email, you are present with the below screen shot:


  1. In this image you can see the sender of the email with their full email address displayed. Confirm that this is a legitimate email address and that the address matches the sender.

You can see that the email address is not a valid address for Australia post.

  1. With email addresses the part after the @ symbol is known as the domain/company. From this example,  you can see this is not a genuine Australia Post domain (Known as AusPost).



Before you go and click any links included in the email, hover over the link to establish the destination that the link goes. If that looks and sounds weird it more than likely is  a suspect link.





  1. The other main telltale of a phishing email is poor spelling and grammar. If the email is worded poorly or has spelling mistakes it could be malicious.







In the above example you can see a couple of indicators that this could be a phishing email. The first one being that it is asking you to fill in details “Please fill this form …” and the “17” in the sentence that doesn’t really have a place.

In the event that you accidently click on, or reply to any such email, ensure you complete  a full virus scan on your computer, swap to a different device and change your password


If you believe you have been subject to a phishing exercise, please contact one of the team members at CommSys to make sure you have completed a full anti-virus scan of all your systems.



Article by Stefan

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