Fraud Awareness Week – How to Spot a Phishing Scam

November 20th – 26th is International Fraud Awareness Week. We decided to take advantage of this opportunity to provide you with a few simple tips to help you and your business avoid falling victim to a phishing scam. As these emails become more sophisticated, knowing how to spot them is critical. Each year, phishing scams cost businesses billions of dollars worldwide.

Online Fraud

  • Tip #1 – Don’t Trust The Display Name. Spoofing is a popular tactic among cybercriminals, which means that just because the sender of an email appears to be, for example, your bank, there is no guarantee that’s actually who the message is from. Always check that the email address matches up. If the domain seems off, don’t open the email.
  • Tip #2 – Hover Before You Click. Any time you receive an email with a link embedded, hover your mouse over the link before you click on it. The hyperlink may be telling you one thing, but the actual link may be something else entirely. Once again, if what you’re seeing seems off, don’t open the link.
  • Tip #3 – Don’t Respond With Personal Information. A financial institution or other reputable corporation will NEVER ask you to provide or verify personal information or login credentials via email. If you receive an email requesting any of this information, do not respond.
  • Tip #4 – Check The Signature. Companies will always provide contact information as part of their email signature. If this information is missing, odds are whoever has reached out to you is not who they claim to be.
  • Tip #5 – Don’t Get Riled Up By Subject Line Scare Tactics. A hacker trying to trick you into handing over personal or financial data will often try to make you panic by including phrasing like “your account has been suspended” or “your account has been compromised” in the subject line or header. Take a moment to run through the previous tips before you respond.

Cybercriminals are growing bolder and more savvy, making it difficult for antivirus software and spam filters to catch malicious emails before they hit your inbox. Knowing how to spot phishing tactics is your business’ last line of defence against theft and fraud.

Want to find out more about the steps you can take to protect your business from fraud? Contact us at or (954) 717-1990. We’re the trusted IT experts for businesses in Florida.

Fort Lauderdale Computer Networks
Network Services in Fort Lauderdale
Network Consulting in Fort Lauderdale
Fort Lauderdale Data Backup
Data Security Fort Lauderdale
Client Feedback

“LAN Infotech has been an exceptional resource for our organization. They provide consistent knowledgeable network engineers, round the clock monitoring and are invaluable in our IT infrastructure decision-making process. Their level of customer service has been top-notch and exceeds our expectations – we look forward to a continued partnership with LAN Infotech.”

—Janice M. Pennington
Vice-President of Finance & Administration
National Multiple Sclerosis
Society South Florida Chapter
read more»

Featured IT Services Fort Lauderdale Articles

LAN Infotech Recognized as Leading Microsoft Marketing Partner Worldwide

The team of IT specialists from LAN Infotech are thrilled to announce that they have been recognized on Fifty-Five and Five’s Inbound Marketing Excellence Report as one of the top 250 Microsoft mark

Read more

Featured IT Services

IT Consulting Advice for Fort Lauderdale: Taking Care of Your Employees Is Taking Care of Your Business!

Quid Pro Quo An IT consulting firm in Fort Lauderdale will usually advise that you get what you give. This is the core principle which defines most working relationships. The employer gives the em

Read more

Featured IT Services

IT Services Business Advice: Do You Really Need a Management Consultant in Fort Lauderdale?

Eliminate the Middleman IT services in Fort Lauderdale need not cost an arm and a leg to provide services your own organization could source internally. You want a consultation agency willing to he

Read more

Featured IT Services