Some tips when opening emails or clicking on links

Some tips when opening emails or clicking on links

The following are some guidelines for opening email and clicking on links that we found useful within our shredding business:

If any of the below appears in the Inbox; DELETE the email without going any further. And then delete it from the trash folder.

1. Be suspect of any email that has no text in the subject line.

2. NEVER click on a link that is the only thing in the body of the email message.Email with a tick

3. We are often instructed not to open email if we do not know the person who sent it, especially not the links within them. You may receive an email that shows your friend’s name AND it is NOT from his/her email address. Always look at the email address in the opened email BEFORE clicking on any links in it, especially:
a. if there is no explanation for the link being sent to you.
b. if you also receive more than one of the same email to other email addresses you may have.
c. Another way to recognize if it is an email with hijacked addresses, not really coming from your friend, is to glance at the LIST OF NAMES to whom the email has been addressed. If there is a string of names in alphabetic order, more than likely the email was NOT initiated by your friend.

4. BEWARE of official looking email from banks, Electric Ireland, the post office and countless other seemingly trust-worthy, legitimate sources. OFFICIAL-LOOKING MAIL Precautions – When you think it might be information important to you:
a. Look at the address of the sender. Although what you see may state the name of the company, the email address of the sender when you check it within the email is often a totally irrelevant one. Delete the email without going any further.
b. If you feel compelled to check out the information, then make note of the URL (web address) and TYPE IT yourself into the address space of a new web page. Check your account from there. DO NOT click on it from the email.
c. NEVER click on a link to DOWNLOAD a receipt or PDF from any of these official-looking emails.
d. Never click on an UNSUBSCRIBE link that may be in an email UNLESS you officially had subscribed to that mailing.
e. NEVER put in any personal information in any such form you’ve linked to from an email.
f. ALWAYS check that you are on a SECURE SITE before you fill in any personal information on the web. The web address, in the address bar at the top of your web page, will start with https://. Note the letter “s” after the http .
g. Lastly, if you still have any doubts, call the bank, or other source, to see if they did, in fact, send an email.

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