As we reach the final installment in exploring the SLAM method for detecting phishing emails, we end with the letter M. The M in SLAM stands for message or messaging. Let’s review one last time what the SLAM mnemonic stands for:
S – Sender of the email
L – Links in the email body
A – Attachments to the email
M – Message of the communication
Most emails, whether they’re a phishing attempt or not, typically ask you to take some action within a limited timeframe. Like legitimate emails, phishing emails may urge you to act quickly so you won’t miss an opportunity. For instance, if you don’t click a link or act by a deadline you’ll be locked out of your account, or a service will be canceled. When you rush to judgment and act before you think, you create a way for scammers to potentially harm you. So, exercise the SLAM method on each email you receive to protect yourself.
Let’s consider what in an email message indicates it may be a phishing attempt. There are three telltale signs:
Phishing emails may have one or more of the issues identified above or none of them at all. For this reason, weighing the other three components of the SLAM method alongside the email message is essential. Again, take your time when analyzing your emails. Spending just a few more moments can make all the difference in staying safe online.
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