How to Identify Phishing Scams

The purpose of this page is to show what to examine in an email to determine the likelihood whether it is a phishing scam.

In the screenshot below, the first thing to notice is the vague and technical wording of the Sender: Server Administration.

OlympusNet does not send email with a sending-name that may make one wonder, what or who is a Server Administration? All of our customers have received billing emails or replies from tech support. Emails to customers have the same identifying characteristics as those.

This email also poses itself as an Alert about something going wrong with delivering your email. If something were going wrong, we would be taking it to the admins to fix, not asking customers to take an action, nor surprise them with terms that mean nothing to them, such as “review your session authentication”. If the meaning of a line is not plainly understood, one should be suspicious. Scams often contain techno-babble attempting to look serious and legitimate.

All legitimate businesses will likewise not ask their customers to click on links to resolve something about their account.
Scam From and Subject

And finally, the link that is called Review is shown in the next screenshot, if it were opened in Safari (red rectangle). “…” is not a website and does not go anywhere. OlympusNet recommends not opening links in email unless it is certain where they have come from and there is nothing suspicious about the email in which a link is contained.
Scam Review Link