The digital realm is a double-edged sword. Embrace its power,
but shield yourself from its perils.
The aim of our emails is to empower our readers with a set of tools that will help spot sneaky scammers, charlatans or people with malicious intent. In this series we’ve covered some surefire ways to spot red flags when the lines are blurred or there’s ambiguity around an email’s legitimacy.
How to identify email scams
It’s no joke, cybercriminals are not renowned for their attention to detail or language proficiency. One common red flag to watch out for in email scams and phishing attempts is poor grammar and spelling. Scammers often make glaring mistakes that a legitimate organisation or professional never would. They may rely on automated translation tools or hastily craft messages, resulting in sentences that don't flow naturally or contain obvious errors.
Why check grammar in emails?
Pay close attention to the language and grammar used in emails you receive, particularly those claiming to be from reputable sources.
Signs of professionalism in legitimate emails
Legitimate organisations typically take care to ensure their communications are error-free and professional. If you notice numerous typos, grammatical errors, or awkward language, it's a strong indication that the email may be a phishing attempt.
Are spelling mistakes a sign of email scams
Poor grammar and spelling mistakes can serve as a valuable warning sign, signalling that the sender is not who they claim to be.
What to do with suspicious emails
Treat such emails with scepticism, and be especially cautious when they request personal information, financial details, or prompt you to click on links or download attachments. When in doubt, trust your instincts and err on the side of caution by verifying the email's legitimacy before taking any action.
As always - stay safe, stay tech-smart!