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Cybercriminals always find different ways to swindle innocent computer users. Data-breach, hacking, Ransomware, and spying are such ways Cybercriminals and intruders use to target the computer users. Hackers use Ransomware as a powerful weapon to spread their cybercrimes. They send the codes of Ransomware and get the access of your computer from remote locations.

Email-Scam

This is one of the modern ways of fastest growing cybercrimes because it allows hackers to seize a computer files hostage. Once you lost file hostage, the only way to get back all your files is to disburse the cost of a ransom to the hackers. Cybercriminals trap you through their thoughtful and convincing ways to open their infected attachments or click on their links.

Often they target their customers through fake emails that are tough to diagnose as malicious. These emails almost look realistic and it is hard to detect the difference between real and fake. They copy the design, language and format of emails in the way reputable brands sent you. They may mimic the links of your shopping site or bank and send you emails that something is not right with your online account.

It is that unrealistic email that look alike realistic is the actual problem that will leave you open to multiple threats. It will entrench all the important data and files on your computer and make them inaccessible to you. So, here are a few ways discussed that will spot a scan and warn you against such red flags of a fake email.

EMAIL ADDRESSES

You may have not noticed that emails sent out from a personal email address should be the first red flag. Email hackers can change the name of the field “From” option and name it what they want. In most of the email services, you will notice that the actual address pop up after a few seconds if you click on the name or hover your mouse cursor over the name.

LINKS

You second red flag is an email’s link that takes you on a random server form the existing page. Then it asks you to enter your details like your username and password. If you provide all the details that it asks, hackers will take the access of your online account.

Hover your mouse cursor over the button or link to spot this trick. A real link will pop up after a few seconds if you do so. Or you can verifying the link, right-click on the link and copy it then paste it into a text document to know where it will direct you.

INSTRUCTIONS

Other than the email address, it is also important to notice that how the email is constructed. Read the email to know what it asks you to do. If it says that, there is some problem with your account and you need to click a button to login your account and fix the issue. Hackers use this classic phishing technique to befool users.

Any responsible company will never send out an unsolicited security notification and ask you to click on a link to fix the issue of the account. Trusted companies always take you to the homepage of the website to log in to your account or may say you to call customer care in case of any help. So, never click on any link or button, or do not download any attachment to protect your data from email scammers.

LANGUAGE

Terrible use of English language is another symptom that indicated about the reliability of the email. Hackers cannot receive the perfection even if how well they try to imitate a real email of the company. You will hardly find any misspelling or grammar gaffe in a a standardized notification email send by the official mail of the company.

FINE PRINT

Mostly hackers and cybercriminals steal the email templates from a real company so you will find that fine print at the very bottom sometimes may not match up with the main body. Therefore, to calculate the reliability of an email, it is important to read the fine print. This clue may stop you from clicking and being the victim of ransomware.

It is not so simple to spot fake emails even for the experts but above given point will help you to not to fall victim to ransomware. Sometimes experts may also miss some signs occasionally. So have a backup plan to protect your system from email scam. Keep the backup of your data to save your money if a ransomware has encrypted it. Make it a habit to regular backups.