The most common e-mail keywords anyone should know how to avoid scams

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E-mail phishing schemes are by no means new, but the potential for them are increasing as individuals live online so much of their lives during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. In fact, the number of phishing sites increased by 25% compared with 2019 in 2020.

One method that people can reduce their likelihood of getting scamed is to pay close attention to the e-mails they receive (or at least the ones they plan to open). Expel studied 10,000 malicious messages and released a study on the most widely available keywords in phishing emails subject lines to help identify what to search for. What to know here. What to know here.

Tactics of scammers to understand

Expel’s analysis indicated that scammers utilize a combination of three ways to communicate with people in their emails:

  1. Legitimate commercial activity emulation.
  2. Create a feeling of urgency.
  3. The beneficiary is urged to act.

“Attackers aim to make others know their credentials. The best technique is to make the e-mail seem real, promptly and emotionally clear—urgency or fear of loss is the most frequent», Ben Brigida, SOC Operations Director at Expel, said to TechRepublic. “Action is so easy like going to this website or opening this file, but the attacker wants you to move too quickly to pause and ask whether it is authentic,” he said.

Most popular keywords in phishing subject lines

The complete research includes more information and examples of how and why these keywords are employed in phishing email subject lines. For the time being, here’s a quick overview of some that should be approached with caution:

Invoice

Here are some real-world examples of topic lines:

  1. RE: INVOICE.
  2. Missing Inv ####; From [Legitimate Business Name].
  3. INV####.

New

Here are some real-world examples of topic lines:

  1. #### has sent you a new message.
  2. New Scanned Fax Doc-Delivery for ####.
  3. New FaxTransmission from ####.

Message

Here are some real-world examples of topic lines:

  1. ####’s Message.
  2. You have a new message.
  3. received a phone message for ####.

Required

Here are some real-world examples of topic lines:

  1. Verification is required!
  2. Action Required: Expiration Notice on [company email address].
  3. [Action Required] Password is about to expire.
  4. Attention is required. #### is the Support ID.

[Blank subject]

According to the research, “blank subject lines often elude automated security measures—security software can’t scan for phishing or spam keywords if there aren’t any.”

File

Here are some real-world examples of topic lines:

  1. You have a Google Drive File Shared.
  2. [Name] emailed you some files.
  3. File – ####.
  4. [Business Name] Sales Project Files and Request for Quote

Request

Here are some real-world examples of topic lines:

  1. [Business Name] SALES PROJECT FILES AND REQUEST FOR QUOTE
  2. [Company Name] – W-9 Form Request
  3. Your Service Request ####.
  4. Request Notification: ####.

Action

Here are some real-world examples of topic lines:

  1. Action Required: Expiration Notice on [company email address].
  2. The following action is required: [Date].
  3. Review the message issued on [Date].
  4. [Action Required] Password is about to expire.

Document

Here are some real-world examples of topic lines:

  1. Document File ####.
  2. [Name], You have got a new document in [Company system].
  3. [Name] sent you a paper.

Verification

Real-world topic line examples:

  • Verification is required!

eFax

Here are some real-world examples of topic lines:

  1. eFax from ID: ####.
  2. eFax® message from “[phone number]” – 2 page(s), Caller-ID: +[phone number].

VM

Real-world examples of topic lines:

  1. On Tuesday, May 4, 2021, send a VM from [phone number] to Ext. ###.
  2. VM received from ****#### – for [user name]> on July 26, 2021.
  3. ‘”””1 VMAIL RECEIVED AT 3:02:55 PM ON MONDAY, JUNE 21, 2021””.