Detecting fake email threats

Detecting fake email threats
Computer Lock

TOLEDO (WTOL) - Businesses and companies around the country and here locally have been receiving emails containing bogus bomb threats.

So how can you tell if a threat is real or fake?

Well, there are a number of ways you can look at these types of emails and tell they are a scam, one of them being that they demand something immediately.

The emails that went out recently demanded people pay $20,000 in Bitcoin, immediately or their building or business would blow up. An email from an unknown source telling you something is incredibly urgent is an indicator it’s a scam.

Additionally a large number of spelling or grammatical mistakes can be a sign an email is fake. Experts say the types of people sending these emails are usually cyber security scammers who are just out for your money.

“How many bombings was someone actually informed beforehand, before the bomb went off. So I would not categorize this as a terrorist attempt, more of a you know hacker or cyber-criminal stuff where someone is trying to get your money,” said Computer Science Associate Professor Ahmad Javaid.

Cyber security experts say just because there are many ways to detect a fake email threat, nothing is for sure. You should still report something if you feel threatened by it because it is better to be safe than sorry.

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