The typical advice given to you when you receive an email you don’t trust is: “just delete it”.
Some might tell you to examine the email and look for tell-tale signs that the email isn’t legitimate:
- Poor spelling
- It is from someone outside your organization
- It has links in it that don’t look right
But the world is more complicated than that. You can’t just delete it because you might miss out on something important! You may find emails that have some of the tell-tale signs but they are still legitimate. For example, third party email services are used by many companies that routinely insert unusual links for the purposes of tracking delivery, open and click-through rates.
Common business scenarios include customer support, order fulfilment, accounts receivable and Human Resouces. Who knows who sent the email? When you have been paid it is important to open a ‘Remittance Advice’ isn’t it? When you don’t know the candidate for a job can you trust the CV? You don’t have the time to scrutinize the email like Sherlock Holmes to determine if it is trustworthy. The scammers are getting better every day and legitimate emails come loaded with weird long links.
What you need is a quick and simple way to check if the email is safe, by opening it and clicking on the links and attachments. You don’t want to do that on your computer, Do it in a Safely Open session.
When you send it to a Safely Open session you keep your computer safe!
Forward emails you don’t trust to a private Safely Open email address. Sign in to see the forwarded emails in the Safely Open Inbox. The Safely Open session provides you a safe way to click through on the links you don’t trust and the email attachments that you aren’t sure about.
We also recommend running anti-virus on your computer and taking other precautions.
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