On this Cyber Monday, and throughout the holidays, when the number of online purchases increases dramatically, so does the potential for criminal activity mixed in with our legitimate email communications. Research has revealed that over half of all users end up opening fraudulent emails and often even fall victim to them.

Phishing is done to gather personal information about you, generally related to your finances. The most common reason for a large number of people falling for fraudulent emails is that phishing attempts are often so well-disguised that they escape the eyes of a busy email reader. Here are some tips to help you identify whether that email came from your bank or is another attempt at defrauding you…

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Asking for personal information

Remember, no bank or financial institution asks you to share your key personal information via email, or even phone. So, if you get an email asking for your ATM PIN or your e-banking password, something’s amiss.

Poor Grammar and Typos

Professional organizations that you commonly do business with employ professional copywriters and editors. The occasional typo or grammatical error may slip through the cracks on a legitimate email, however, many phishing scams are riddled with typos and grammatical errors.