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Recognize Phishing Emails Before You're Caught | Stewart Title Blog

Published on: August 08, 2020


Phishing emails meant to steal email credentials continues to get through our mailboxes. In our industry, anything to do with closing files gets the easy catch - familiar words used in subject lines, body copy, and attachments. Hackers know and use our timing to their advantage; they know the ends of the week and month are the busiest time for us. That’s when we’re more stressed and most vulnerable. Remember:

  • Examine the initial email for any red flags. Ask yourself:
    • Do I know the sender?
    • Is it addressed to me?
    • Is it relevant (my file, my customer, my property)?
    • Am I expecting it?
    • Does it have proper language, punctuations, formatting, signature?
  • If you can check off those questions, which is rare, click on the link, but ask:
    • Is the web page asking me for corporate or other credentials to get what I need?
    • How does the sender know my address?
    • Would it be smarter to just run away?
  • If you’re in doubt or uncomfortable with anything about the email, always pick up the phone and call IT before clicking.

Examples of how these emails may look

In examples 1 and 4, if you click on the link, you’ll land on the website with every possible login option, as examples 2 and 5 show. That’s a pretty sneaky way to try and steal information. In examples 3 and 6, once you enter your password, the hacker has access to your email account. If you went all the way through, now would be a good time to reset your password.

Example 1

Example 2

Example 3

Example 4

Example 5

Example 6