This sounds very obvious but when malign notifications prey on our fears, it’s often difficult to take a step back and think for a minute. If you’re getting an email claiming that your account has been hacked or its password changed; it is necessary to stay levelheaded before proceeding.
The best way to proceed is to go directly to the website or social network mentioned in the email and login to your account as usual. Just so we’re clear “going directly” does NOT mean clicking anything on the email; we’re talking about opening a web browser and typing the regular known address of the online property.
This is vital on a mobile device where some important details can be easily hidden: for example, finding the sender’s email address or figuring out where a link might take you.
Unmasking a fraudulent phishing scam email isn’t rocket science; it just necessitates to take a moment to look and see if any red flag is being raised; and if so, dismiss the email.