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 all of the suspicious features mentioned in Step 1.

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 that asks for sensitive information.
  5. Decoys using olympus.net 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