In light of recent concerns, we would encourage you to adhere to your financial policies and procedures and beware of the following red flags that may indicate a suspicious email:
Intimidating or Rushing: The sender demands immediate action and/or seeks to intimidate you into making a quick decision. Usually it will be requesting information, money or other actions in a short amount of time.
Contains Mistakes: If an email contains bad grammar, illogical sequence and/or spelling mistakes, it should be considered suspicious.
Asks for Private or Sensitive Information: If an email asks for account numbers, passwords, etc., it should be considered suspicious.
Includes a Suspicious Attachment: If you receive an unexpected email attachment or an attachment with an unusual name, do not open it unless you are able to confirm that it is not malicious. Hackers use attachments to run malicious software once opened or downloaded.
Spoofed Email Address, URL's and/or Hyperlinks: Hackers can make email addresses and hyperlinks appear to be something they are not. If you are unsure of an email hover over links – without clicking – to see if the web address matches the listed information. For spoofed emails, you can click to reply and confirm that the return address matches the address on file for your contact.
ASRT Recommended Email Protocol