“Next, look at the tone of the email – phishers often use language that creates a sense of urgency. Always feel free to question this and don’t be afraid of being suspicious. Alongside the tone, look at what’s being asked of you. In the case of a firms Christmas meal, does it contain any more specific information, such as the name of the venue hosting you, key dates and times? If not, feel free to question its validity.
“Finally, you must also look at the source of the email; typically, a scammer will use the most visible person in the company, such as a CEO, but applying common sense, question whether this type of email would typically come from that person. Where possible, don’t be afraid to ask the individual directly instead of responding electronically. Other tell-tale signs include seeing whether all the images from the source email are downloaded, as well as whether checking to see if the rotational banner has been removed.
“While these are all simple methods, they can go a long way to keeping a business and its staff safe and secure, through the busy festive period.”