Recognizing Email Scams: Tiny Detail — BIG Clue!


We’re pretty sure that you’ve received an email like the one below. This particular email is explaining that a password has expired. Other emails might be referencing your Netflix password, PayPal account, or anything that might be password protected.

We’ve had email phishing on the brain lately, so we know how easy it can be to fall victim to these types of messages. However, one tiny detail in this email gave it away. Can you spot it? Click on/hover over the image if you need help.

Notice the slight misspelling of “Microsoft” in the “from” email.

This is such a small error that we understand just how easy it is to miss because it is only a single letter off. Misspellings of brand names are the most common red flags in phishing scams. For that reason, always be on the lookout when you receive any email asking you to verify personal information or update passwords when you did not request it.

Here are some of the common warning signs to look for:

  • Poor spelling and grammar
  • Incorrect use of common phrases
  • Be wary of the sender needing an “urgent” response
  • Hover over the sender name to reveal the sender email address
  • Be cautious of long strings of incoherent letters and numbers

Protect yourself from phishing scams by doing the following:

  • If you are suspicious of the email, NEVER click on links or attachments within the email
  • If the suspicious email comes from a place where you have an account, like Netflix, go directly to your online account via an internet browser rather than going through the email
  • Never share personal information or credentials through an email you receive. Always go directly to the source to ensure you are interacting with the REAL organization
  • If you are suspicious of the email, do NOT forward it to a third party for verification, as this could lead to someone else clicking on a virus. Simply delete the email

If you’re worried that you may be at risk, get in touch with Copeland and we can assess your situation and add an extra layer of security to your accounts.

Posted on November 7, 2018. Categorized as .

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