Step 2: Look for Red Flags

The purpose of this document is to illustrate red flags in an email that indicate a spam or phish.

The example below has most of the suspicious features mentioned in Step 1: Spot Spam and Phishes By Appearance and Tone.

  1. The appearance is radically different from any emails sent before by that sender.
  2. Urgency appears twice: Expires Today and expires today. Emotional triggers are common in phishes and spams.
  3. Sloppy technobabble abounds: This is a user verification, fraudulent activities of the robot, Hello janedoe.
  4. Button asks for sensitive information.
  5. Decoys using are lures of familiarity.

The sample phish below is displayed on a Mac. The purported sender is Server Administrator.

Look for Red Flags
Introduction To Who Sent This Email?
Step 1: Spot Spam and Phishes By Appearance and Tone
Step 3: Reveal the Sender’s Email Address
Step 4: Reveal the Sender’s Website Address