Live 5 Scambusters: How to spot phishing emails

VIDEO: Live 5 Scambuster: How to spot phishing emails
Phishing scams look real to those who open them (Source: Live 5)
Phishing scams look real to those who open them (Source: Live 5)
One example of a phishing email shows how they can look real.
One example of a phishing email shows how they can look real.
An email from Microsoft Office 365 appears real (Source: Live 5)
An email from Microsoft Office 365 appears real (Source: Live 5)

CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - As various email services work to secure your account and identity, scammers are trying to use that extra security to trick you.

If you have an email account you use across multiple devices, you've probably received an email warning about an attempt to sign in to your account.

These phishing emails have been turning up from the most popular email services. One showed up in the inbox of and other Raycom Media employees. It looks like an email from Microsoft and claims several unsuccessful login attempts. It asks you to click on a link to verify your account.

"They are playing on human fear," Robert Lamberson with Computers of Charleston, a computer repair shop, said. "They want you to see this email and think, 'Oh no, someone is trying to get into my email account' or something suspicious is going on."

Gmail users may have received a similar message. It claims you or someone else tried to log-in from a new device or area and tried to terminate the account.

Both of these emails look real enough, but can be very dangerous scams. Taking a closer look at the message and the sender could save you a lot of heartache.

Make sure the sender is actually from your email service. In the case of the Outlook email, the message did not come from Microsoft.

Another red flag for a phishing scam can be spelling errors or grammatical mistakes. The gmail message in question misspelled Google.

If you do click the link, take a good look at the domain name in your web browser. If it doesn't look like your secure email service web address, do not enter a username or password.      Close the page and log in directly from the Google site to make sure your account is safe.

If you think you've been a victim of a scam, you can email Kyle Jordan at Scams@live5news.com.

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