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11 October, 2018

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How to differentiate between spam and phishing emails?


Emails today have become an integral part of our day-to-day life and this has made it a child’s play for spammers to lure people into opening fraudulent emails and attachments. Thus, while you are using emails for your everyday personal or official use, it is important to realize that the tech-savvy spammers can easily hack their way to your personal information, simply by means of emails.

Thus, it is extremely important that you understand the difference between a spam email and a phishing email before you can access one.

What is a spam email?

A spam email is basically those hundreds and thousands of unsolicited emails that are sent out, solely with the purpose to sell a service or product. Spammers usually send such emails to a long list of recipients, in the hope that at least a few of them will respond back. The intention behind sending these spam emails is to simply lure recipients into buying dubious products or participate in fraudulent and quasi-legal schemes.

Some of the most commonly circulated spam emails cover topics including – Lottery, Travel, Credit/Debit Card, Fake Antivirus, Bank Loan, etc.

What is a phishing email?

A phishing email on the other hand is a kind of spam email that is sent out specifically, to trick you into sharing your personal details like, debit/credit card details, bank account details, passwords, etc. Sharing your details through such phishing emails can lead to cases of financial fraud through identity theft. At times, these emails are specifically targeted to dig out personal information about your colleague or company. Such emails are referred to as spear-phishing targeted emails.