Phishing attacks are aimed at getting victims to give out information they'd usually keep private, like passwords, or bank account and credit card details. They work mainly because we're often too trusting for our own good. But everything isn't always as it seems, especially when it comes to emails.
Cyber-criminals often use social engineering (things likely to get a reaction from people) to make victims reveal their own secrets.
If you're not sure whether an email is genuine or not, the tell-tale signs are often there if you know what to look for.
The first thing you'll see in an email is the sender's name, and who it's been sent to.
The subject line is often used to make an emotional appeal to potential victims, and attachments aren't always what they seem.
The body of the email is where they can get creative. Keep an eye open for anything that doesn't look right.
At the end of an email you'll usually find a signature and a footer. They can help you decide if an email is real or not.