Email spoofing is a technique used by hackers to gain access and plant malwares into your system by altering the email header to impersonate a legitimate or trusted organization or person. The trick here is get the recipient to open and respond to the email when they see the sender is someone they know and trust. This article provides an overview of email spoofing, including how to identify and avoid email spoofing.
Although email spoofing can be easily resolved by simply deleting the emails, many people fall into the trap because the source of the email, as shown in the email headers, appears to be from a legitimate and trustworthy source. The contents of the emails are typically well-crafted, making it difficult for users to identify a fraudulent email. Many people will follow the instructions in the email, disclosing personal information, banking information, or clicking on any links in the email, allowing hackers to gain access into the user's system simply because the email headers appear to be valid.
Following are some of the steps to help identify email spoofing:
Check the reply path, when you click on reply, the email address must match the sender name in the original email:
Phishing emails typically request personal information such as credit card numbers or pin numbers, or they collect user information through a pop-up notification requesting the user to click and fill out the details. Spoofing emails use false email headers and IP addresses to entice users to provide requested information or click on a link, allowing hackers to easily obtain user information.
Following are some of effective ways to stop email spoofing:
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