5 Ways to Identify Phishing Email

1. Verify the sender's address

Look at the sender's address (From: section). For example, an official email from York University should have @yorku.ca at the end of the sender's email. This applies to other institutions as well.

2. Verify the web address

Hover your mouse cursor (don't click) over the link (WWW address) and this will display the link's true destination. It should point to the WWW address of the organisation who sends it and this will confirm the legitimacy of the link. For instance, a legitimate email from York University that includes a link to a website  should point to www.yorku.ca.

3. Asking for password, personal information, or financial transactions

Be suspicious of any email that is asking for personal information or financial transactions.

4. Urgent action required

Fraudsters and phishers incorporate a sense of urgency to scam as much personal information as possible before they are caught and taken off-line. UIT Information Security sends a cease and desist notice to any web sites that are used for phishing.

5. Poor spelling and grammar

An official email from York University is reviewed and revised before it is sent. Fraudsters generally do not do that, meaning their emails will contain poor spelling and grammar.

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