At this time of year (Christmas/New Year) scams will be on the rise and so will phishing emails with promises of all sorts of things through bogus promotions.
One of the VAs from my team posted a warning about a phishing email supposedly from her bank the other day. A day prior a client forwarded to me an email she got from Paypal (supposedly) but I was soon able to detect that it was not a genuine email.
Here are some ideas to get you looking.
1. Usually not personally addressed. Banks rarely email us but Paypal and other similar groups do and it’s usually addressed to Dear and whatever your user name is. It’s NEVER addressed to ‘Dear member’, ‘Dear user’ or similar.
2. Check the address it comes from. Often it’s a variation on the real address but not accurate. e.g. I’ve seen firstname.lastname@example.org used.
3. Hold your mouse over the hyperlink of the supposed bank web address and you’ll see the reference is very different although if you clicked on it, it might look like the normal website. (I recommend you definitely DON’T click on it though)
4. Check the spelling – it’s usually full of errors and written by those who don’t have a good grasp of the English language.