No one wants to believe they’d fall for a phishing scam. Yet, according to Verizon’s 2016 Data Breach Investigations Report, 30 percent of phishing emails get opened. Yes, that’s right — 30 percent. That incredible click-through rate explains why these attacks remain so popular: it just works.
Phishing works because cybercriminals take great pains to camouflage their “bait” as legitimate email communication, hoping to convince targets to reveal login and password information and/or download malware, but there are still a number of ways to identify phishing emails. Here are five of the most common elements to look for.