Frequently Asked Question
We want to remind you what email Phishing and Spear Phishing attacks are and how to avoid them. “There is no such thing as a free lunch” - even if it is on sale! Your bank or the IRS is not going to ask you to change your password by email. Oh! Your email account has not been hacked and we know your passwords and are going to let everyone know what you did last summer.
Spear Phishing is a target attack that purportedly originates from someone or some entity you know. Mail from your boss asking you to stop what you are doing and send me a gift card or wire me some money. Let them get their own gift cards and if it is that important they can call me.
Phishing is what it sounds like, they drop an email into the interwebs and wait for someone to bite. The IRS or your bank is not going to be emailing you to “update” your password. No, that free/health cure/vacation/toilet paper is not yours for the taking just click on this big button. Why did you click on that button?
The delete key is your friend. Practice good internet password hygiene. If you are interested in doing some detective work.. You can open the email header and see where it came from.
To see the email header in gmail click the three vertical dots to the right of the message then select “Show original”
Your mail client will have a similar option. In macOS mail with the message open goto the view menu and select "Message" then select "All headers". With a little sluthing you will find the original "from" address is not the same as the from address that shows on the message.