Here are a few helpful solutions that will help you recognize malicious and suspicious emails. Keep these tips and tricks in mind while checking your inbox daily.

Unsolicited emails

Unsolicited emails are most commonly known as a spam email. It is fast paced growing problem across the internet today. The main purpose of a spam email is to trick the reader into disclosing your login information for your accounts. These accounts can include bank account or any other online service. In addition, these emails can also contain computer viruses that are hidden in the email or added as an attachment. This too puts your computer at risk.  Over 95% of emails being sent and received are classified as spam. Telling the difference between a spam email and a “good” email is a hard task to accomplish.

If you receive an email that looks suspicious, do not even open it. Delete the email.


Phishing emails

The term Phishing is used to trick a user into revealing their password. You will encounter criminals using many different types of phishing techniques. One of these techniques is to send a fake email that looks like it came from a reliable source, such as a bank or Paypal. The email will look like it came from the source, and will ask you for your login info. Another technique is to provide a link in the email to a legitimate web page, from there the user will enter their login credentials on the criminally operated site. Are you curious as to how you can tell the difference between a “good” email and a phishing attempt?


How to Determine “Good” Mail from the Bad

Here are few key factors to look for when trying to determine if your email is a good email or a phishing email.

The use of a fake email address

Emails you receive can seem to be from people you known or even by yourself. Did you know email addresses can be faked easily? If the email looks suspicious, just delete it. Also be sure to not open the attachments as well. If you are still unsure check with the sender first.

Enticement from the sender

Be aware if the email in question uses words that make you feel curious, believe that the email is very important, or specific to you. The email could also appear to be from someone you know. Delete it and do not open the attachments.

Asking for your password

Emails could appear to be from your bank or from “computer support”. The email may ask you to provide your password. This is well known as a phishing email. The sender is trying to “fish” for your password. Do not reply to this email. No real person should ask you for your password ever.

Clicking the link

If you click a link that is embedded into the received email, it can initiate a download of a virus or take you to a fake login page which tries to fish for your password. It can also lead to validating your email to receive more types of unwanted emails.

Strange Attachments

Be sure to keep in mind that attachments included with the email can contain a virus or some other type of malicious code. If you are ever in doubt of a email be sure to delete it immediately. You can also try to retrieve info from the sender before opening.

Forward this email

If you receive an email that states to forward it. Do not do it. This false information can contain a virus. If the email you receive warns you of a virus it is a hoax.

Money Scams

Money scams are emails that state you can receive a lot of money if you first send them a few dollars for the transaction. Do not believe it, just delete the emails.


An email could make a request. This is so you will take the email more seriously. Do not be tricked by this method. Just delete it.

Remove from list

This type of email will ask you to remove yourself from a list that you did not join. This can be used to validate your email. Do not click or reply to this type of email.