One of the most common workplace accidents comes in the form of phishing. Phishing is when you receive an email from a company that asks for personal information in an attempt to steal it from you. You must be careful with giving out any sort of information, from usernames and passwords to alternate emails or even credit information. As these can sometimes be tough to spot, here are a few of the signs that your received a phishing email.

1. Misleading or Mismatched URL

The first tip that an email is a phishing attempt can be in the URL. You should always hover your mouse over the top of the URL to see the hyperlink address since most phishing emails will disguise an offending URL behind text. The hyperlinked address will likely be different from the displayed address if it is a phishing attempt.

Also, if the domain name itself has a misleading beginning or ending, then it is most likely a phishing site or email.

2. Poor Spelling/Grammar

Another way to decipher whether an email or website is a phishing scam is to look at the spelling. Look for little details such as misspelled words, misused words, poor grammar, or talks of legality.

If it doesn’t look professional, it probably isn’t.

3. Personal Information

If the email is asking for personal information, that should immediately throw up red flags.

Websites typically ask for information in more secure ways than through email. They wouldn’t risk your data on the internet by asking for it over email, so you should never disclose it to anyone over email or instant messenger.

4. Too Good to Be True

If an email or website offer seems like a great benefit with no catch, be wary. Companies aren’t looking to help you make a profit off of their effort with no gain on their end.

If their email says that signing on with them can land you a certain amount of money, or if you just won the lottery without actually entering it, then it is most likely a scam.

5. Initiated Contact

Phishing schemes usually reach out to you.

They are trying to catch you off-guard in an effort to get you to disclose sensitive information.

You should always beware of emails from recognizable companies that you have never been in contact with before. There is a good chance that email is a phishing attempt.

6. Threats

A sign that an email is a phishing scheme would be its use of threats against you, in the form of money or legal action. Big companies generally don’t make monetary or legal threats in an simple email.

If someone in your business gets a threat like this, don’t trust it.

Phishing scams are designed to dupe you. With these tips, you’re more informed about how to protect yourself, your information, and your business.