Knowing how to check if an email is valid is key to helping you avoid
becoming a phishing victim
Although the term “email spoofing” doesn’t sound particularly scary, the results of it can be terrifying. One 2017 study shows an average of nearly 30,000 spoofing attacks take place each day.
But what is email spoofing? In a nutshell, it’s a tactic that’s integral to virtually all types of email phishing scams. If you’ve ever received a phone call from “yourself” (either with your caller ID showing your phone number and/or your name), or if you’ve ever received an email from “yourself” (with the “from” field of the email header displaying your name and/or email address), then I’m sorry to break the news to you, but you’ve been spoofed.
Cybercriminals use this tactic to impersonate someone else
to accomplish their goals. Anyone can be the victim of email spoofing — either
as the recipient or as the person/organization/institution whose email is