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Traditional Phishing Scam

Posted on: 
June 9, 2022
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Surendra Tulsyan
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One of the most prolonged cyber threats facing companies and consumers is phishing. These scams are almost as old as electronic mail itself, but they have remained efficient despite significant cybersecurity advances.

Fortunately, as cybersecurity consciousness has grown, more people are learning how to identify a basic phishing fraud. Standard practices include checking for spelling mistakes, not trusting unidentified email addresses, and being cautious of overly pressing messages.

Phishing detection is still a human driven manual activity. Mostly it can’t be detected easily by a common person.

Also, on a regular basis thieves are coming up with more innovative methods of phishing which are becoming beyond the control of human detection.

Traditional Phishing Scam Detectio

Examine Page URL

You can check page url to ensure you are opening a correct website. Also ensure that https with a lock sign is used instead of just http.

Ensure you are not opening a web page that is encouraging you  to share your login information or data like credit card number, etc.

Examine Email Headers

You can investigate further by examining the email's header if there are no obvious red flags. In Gmail, click the pointer next to "Reply," then choose "Show original." In the browser version of Outlook, the alternative will be in the arrow next to "Reply," but it will say "View message source."

These options will expose the email's raw script, but the header is only the first text block. To make the header more comprehensible, paste it into an email header analyzer tool like MxToolbox and click "analyse." The results will include information such as a spam score, the email source, and the path it took.

Examine the Source Code

If you're still not sure about an email, you can examine its source code in greater detail. Follow the same procedure for analysing the header, but this time examine all of the source code rather than just the first block.

Look for the phrase "HTTP" using the search function in your preferred text editor. This will allow you to search through the email's links, including hidden ones. If you come across a domain that you don't recognise or that appears suspicious, Google it or run it through DomainTools to investigate further.

Even reliable sources should be questioned.

Finally, it is critical to never blindly trust any message, even if it arrives from a reliable source. Many phishing scams these days begin with a hack into a valid account.

Following the increase in these sorts of threats, just because a message appears to come from a legitimate, trusted source does not preclude it from being phishing. If any message feels off or seems strange, contact the person via another method to inquire if it was them and follow the steps outlined above for the message.

Although phishing methods have been enhanced, safety is still a concern.

While the fundamental concepts of phishing have stayed unchanged for decades, these threats are far more sophisticated today than they were previously. Following these steps can assist everyone, from CEOs to consumers, in remaining safe in the face of sophisticated phishing methods. As cybercrime becomes more prevalent, this degree of scrutiny may become necessary.

In my next blog I will be discussing advance way of phishing.

To combat this, Cybernet Security Solutions has developed a number of web protection and phone security apps that defend you from every phishing attack and make your data more secure.

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