Thankfully, it’s often fairly simple to spot a social engineering attack email or text message. There’s a few simple things you can look out for:
- Is everything spelt correctly and are you addressed by your name? Often fraudulent messages will have spelling and grammar errors and won’t address you correctly.
- Is what they are offering too good to be true? If it seems that way, then it probably is.
- Don’t download any attachments or click on any links, unless it is from someone you know and you were expecting it from them.
- Make sure your computer or laptop and antivirus software is up to date. If you do receive a fraudulent email, this will make sure your computer is protected if you do accidentally download an attachment with a virus.
- If you receive anything unexpected asking for your passwords or financial information, it is most likely a scam. If it appears to be from a friend or a company you know, give them a call to check if it was actually from them.