SERVING: GRAETTINGER, RUTHVEN AND WALLINGFORD AREAS
• The email is sent from a public email address: Look at the sender’s email address, as this can help identify if the person is truly who they claim to be. Often, the criminal will use a public email address such as gmail.com. If RVTC emails you, it will come from a company email account with the company name in the email address. Also, be sure to check the spelling of the domain, RVTC.net. A slight change like rvct.net can be easily overlooked.
• Strange attachments: If you receive an unexpected email or an email from someone at RVTC you don’t know asking you to open an attachment, do not open it. These attachments can contain malware that can harm your computer and capture your personal data.
• The creation of a sense of urgency: They can create a sense of urgency by warning that your account has experienced suspicious activity, or an invoice is due. These are massive warning signs. Never use any contact details or click any links provided in the email.
• Links to unrecognized sites or URLs that misspell a familiar domain name: Phishing emails may ask you to click a link within the email. By hovering your mouse over the link or address, you can see the linked site’s true URL. These URLs can be slightly misspelled or completely different than what you are expecting, so always double check before you click.
• Poor spelling and grammar: You can often detect a phishing email by the way it is written. The writing style might be different and usually contains spelling mistakes and poor grammar.
Thank you for your continued effort to detect phishing emails.
Foundation for Rural Services