Spot the Phish


Did you know?

97% of all employees can’t reliably identify phishing or spear phishing emails.

99% of the installed network security systems can’t stop a well-crafted spear phishing email.

93% of all data breaches start with an email attack.

Cyber-crime will rise to £1.6 trillion by 2021.

Can you spot the difference between spear phishing and legitimate emails?

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Spot the legitimate email
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Select the email you believe to be legitimate.

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Round One
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Round One

1A genuine email will normally reference an order number or tracking code in the subject line.

2Be aware of bold fonts and overuse of coloured text in emails.

3Hovering over links before clicking them will allow you to check if they lead to a legitimate site or not.

4Phishing emails often pressurise you to act fast.

5Most legitimate emails will have a disclaimer at the bottom of the emails.

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Round Two

1Be sure that the email is coming from a legitimate email address. Most scammers will use various email addresses that have no relevance to the company they are trying to impersonate.

2If you are not addressed directly on the email, chances are that this is a mass mail out, targeting many people at once.

3Be aware of ‘receipt’ emails that show the amount paid without the relevant currency symbol. This is a phishing email that is targeting more than one country or region.

4If links look suspicious, make sure you contact the company directly to check the authenticity before proceeding.

5Most legitimate emails will have a disclaimer at the bottom of their emails.

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Round Three

1Look out for incorrect grammar in subject lines.

2Make sure that the senders email address is spelt correctly, using the correct company name. A lot of phishing emails may alter the company name slightly in the hope you do not notice.

3Phishing emails tend not to be personalised.

4Be aware of emails that ask you to click directly from the email to update your account details.

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Round Four

1When receiving an email in relation to making a payment, make sure you recognise the senders’ email and that it is something you are expecting to pay.

2If you are not addressed directly in the email, its likely to be phishing email.

3Do not click a link on an email you aren’t 100% comfortable with, especially when they are asking for payment details.

4Any company that is asking you to make payment should give a variety of payment options and a contact number to speak to someone if you have any concerns.

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Round Five

1If a subject line sounds too good to be true, it usually is.

2Genuine emails will not make you aware of how much you are owed via email. Instead you will either receive a letter advising you or will need to login to an online account to view this information.

3Look out for incorrect spelling, punctuation, grammar and sentence structure.

4Most legitimate emails will have a disclaimer at the bottom of their emails or an option to contact them to discuss the email and/or any concerns with its content.