What is Email Spoofing?

On the Internet, identity theft is becoming the important issue where spammers use e-mail for their own purposes. The name of the activity is called “e-mail spoofing”.

How Does Email Spoofing Work?

The email arrives in your inbox; claims to be from a reputable company or a person that you know. The email seems to have originated from someone or somewhere other than the real one. Spammers use someone’s email address or a company’s name in the “mail from” and to the “reply to” fields. These emails usually contain links that take you to the official site, but truly link to a spoofed site.

Spam distributers use spoofing to get recipients to open the email and/or respond back to them.

After you click the email, it will take you to a website where you will be asked to give your personal information (name, address, password, credit card number, etc.). Any information you type in there can be used for variety of illegal activities.

Who is Spoofing?

SPAM, virus programs, fraud artists and some people who want to hurt a company or a person.

How to Avoid Being a Victim of Spoofed Emails

Many countries have anti-spam laws that prohibit using third party mail servers or their domain name without asking their permission. However spoofing hides the identity of the sender and it makes them escape from being sued.

Real senders “authenticate” and “sign” their emails with SPF and DKIM authentication methods. If you send an email campaign from Sendloop, you can also authenticate and sign your emails to prove your identity.

Unfortunately, still no one found a solution to prevent spoofed e-mails from reaching to your inbox. Be careful when you check your emails and keep an eye out for those spoofing emails for your own security. You can follow below steps in order not to be a victim of spammers.

  • If you receive an email which asks you to provide personal information online, please call the company and make sure if they send that email.
  • If you think something is not right about the email, do not reply to the sender or click any links in the email.
  • Check the domain of links and be sure that they point to the official website. For example, instead of twitter.com, it may be pointing to twittter.com spoofing website to capture your twitter username/password. Check grammer and vocabulary mistakes in the email.
  • Do not call the number that has given in the email. Search online for the phone number of the company or look at your personal records.
  • Do not trust the name or the address in the received “From” field. Some of the spammers conceal their identity so well. The identity they use is a victim’s identity. In the “From” field, the address or name is seen like a legitimate address. You may fall into their tricks.
  • If you are asked to provide personal information in the email in exchange for a reward do not give.

If you’re receiving so many spoofing emails and it begins to bother you, you can change your ISP or contact your ISP and let them know about those spoofing emails you are getting in your inbox. Besides, you can also set up an SPF (Sender Policy Framework) that will help you on reducing the number of spoofed emails.

If you had an experience about email spoofing, please share with us in the comments. We would appreciate your advice and opinions on this topic.