With email being the most used form of communication with some of us literally receiving hundreds a day. It is no wonder that sometimes we click on an email that isn’t quite as genuine as it seems. Indeed, recent statistics show that in 2017-2018, the number of SPAM emails that were sent globally accounted for 45.3% of all emails.

SPAM emails can be irritating, to say the least. But there is also a serious side to SPAM, as some of these emails contain viruses. Click on them in haste, and your whole business could get hacked. Which is what happened to the global advertising agency WPP back in June 2017. An employee opened an email, clicked on the attachment and the whole I.T system went down for days.

So how do you lower your risk? Here are our 7 quick tips to help you to spot SPAM emails.

  1. Sender’s Name

This may be an obvious one. But always check the name of the sender. Does it sound made up or genuine?

  1. Attachments

Check what is attached to the email. Usually, the files are compressed, like ZIP files. These could carry viruses, so really do think if the file is worth opening. As not only could it be bad news for your own computer, but also the wider company you work for.

  1. Impersonal Messages

If the message doesn’t start with your actual name, then this should raise alarm bells. A generic greeting such as “To Whom’ or “Hi” probably spells trouble.

  1. Grammatical Errors

Spelling mistakes. Which of course come from emails from colleagues too, be these can also be signs of spam. But these spelling mistakes can be a bit more obvious and are usually slap-bang in the middle of a word.

  1. Scare Tactics

A demand for money or threatening to reveal financial information is also a sign that the email is not from a genuine source.

  1. Imitating a known brand

These emails usually steal the look and feel of major companies email marketing templates, such as banks. They may take a company logo and drop it onto the email to mask its true intentions.

  1. Spoof links

Keep an eye out for any links that look like they have a website address that doesn’t make sense. Such as just a series of letters, jumbled words, or have a spelling mistake in the url.

And finally, in this busy world, just take a moment to read an email thoroughly before you instantly click and open it. It could save you a whole world of pain.