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1. The sender address isn’t correct.

Check if this address matches the name of the sender and whether the domain of the company is correct. To see this, you have to make sure your email client displays the sender’s email address and not just their display name. Sometimes you need to train hawk eyes at the address, since spammers have some convincing tricks up their sleeve.

2. The sender doesn’t seem to know the addressee.

Is the recipient name spelled out in the email, and are you being addressed as you would expect from the sender? Does the signature match how this sender would usually sign their mails to you? Your bank usually does not address you in generic ways like “Dear customer.” If the email is legit and clearly intended for you, then they will use your full name.

3. Embedded links have weird URLs.

Always hover first over the links in the email. Do not click immediately. Does the destination URL match the destination site you would expect? Will it download a file? Are they using a link shortening service? When in doubt, if you have a shortcut to the site of the company sending you the email, use that method instead of clicking the link in the email.

4. The language, spelling, and grammar are “off.”

Is the email full of spelling errors, or does it look like someone used an online translation service to translate the mail to your language?

5. The content is bizarre or unbelievable.

If it is too good to be true, it probably isn’t true. People with lost relatives that leave you huge estates or suitcases full of dollars in some far-away country are not as common as these scammers would have us believe. You can recognize when email spam is trying to phish for money by its promises to deliver great gain in return for a small investment. For historical reasons, we call this type of spam “Nigerian prince” or “419” spam.

6. SEO Spam.

SEO short for Search Engine Optimisation is almost always spam email. The promise of a page 1 ranking on google has become very profitable for scammers/spammers in the past decade. Promises of added some code to your website to boost or optimise your website search ranking can be very dangerous as the sender will request access to your website. This can be disasterous for the security of your account and email. If you require genuine SEO optimisation do not use a service that is emailed to you – check out our SEO addon products that you can purchase for your hosting service in a few clicks from your client area, it is safe and can be trusted.