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What are phishing emails? How do I recognize a fake email? And what do I do if something like this ends up in my inbox? Here you will find the answers to these questions. Recognizing the characteristics of phishing emails is not that difficult. By the way, the term itself is a neologism, which was formed from the English word "fishing". That means "fishing" - the fraudsters who send you electronic mail want to use it to fish for your private data, access data, your account information or the like. And you shouldn't bite!
An email can be classified as phishing if the sender fraudulently tries to get your data. This data acquisition is not infrequently based on the imitation of an online service such as Amazon, eBay, PayPal or the like. But e-mails from banks such as the Sparkasse are also forged. The logos of the companies, the structure of the mail, the footer and more are often copied in a deceptively real way. At first glance, phishing emails are usually no longer recognizable - because spelling, grammar and umlauts are no longer incorrect in many cases. It is therefore all the more important to take a second and third look at the entries in the inbox.
Individuals, several or all of the following features can be found in emails from fraudsters who want to fish your data. Keep in mind that the scams and the abilities of the fraudsters can change. The following phishing email characteristics are therefore not the ultimate answer:
If you are not sure whether you actually have an email from Amazon, PayPal, your bank or another company with a website, stay calm. If in doubt, do not use the link in the email to access the provider's website, but enter it as usual in the web browser (Safari, Firefox, Chrome, etc.). Log in to this real website and then see if there are any indications of the necessary action, a restricted account, new terms and conditions or the like. If this procedure is not the safest for you either, then call the company's customer support / hotline. Real service staff from the real company can also tell you whether the email is real or a fake for phishing.
If I ever notice a popular phishing case in the media or if such an e-mail flutters into my inbox myself, I will address it here on the blog. Among other things, I have already shown you fake emails that allegedly come from Apple, PayPal or a law firm. In the following articles you will find these examples with the respective analysis of how to expose the received emails as a phishing attempt:
Here I have put together a few useful links from the web on the subject of the characteristics of phishing emails and the correct procedure for receiving them. These are pages of the consumer advice center, the police and Wikipedia:
Jens has been running the blog since 2012. He appears as Sir Apfelot for his readers and helps them with problems of a technical nature. In his free time he drives electric unicycles, takes photos (preferably with his iPhone, of course), climbs around in the Hessian mountains or hikes with the family. His articles deal with Apple products, news from the world of drones or solutions for current bugs.