Oegema, Nicholson & Associates Insurance Brokers Ltd.

We’ve all had suspicious emails in our inboxes, and unfortunately there is a good chance at least a few reading this have clicked on a bad link or opened an infected file and have been victims of email phishing fraud. While these targeted fraudulent emails that are intended to appear genuine and from trustworthy sources were, and some continue to be, easily identifiable as scam emails, many scammers have caught on to this and are creating more sophisticated approaches that only the most aware people stand a chance of spotting them before it’s too late. How can you identify a phishing email and protect yourself?

Be extra cautious if you don’t recognize the sender

If you see an email from a sender you don’t recognize, automatically be on alert. Especially with work email accounts, you never know who might be emailing you so there’s a higher risk of you clicking into the email and any links that could be from potential clients or suppliers without taking a second to inspect the email details. While unknown senders should raise flags, you should also automatically inspect any and all incoming emails to your inbox.

Take a look at the actual email address it came from

Many email phishing scams use email addresses that are carefully designed to look legitimate, or they try to stay under the radar with email addresses that look very fake but are hidden by software providers who show the name of the sender rather than the full email address. If you receive an email from a known sender, or one which looks to be legitimate, but the message of the email doesn’t seem to match up with what you might expect them to say, click on the sender name to reveal the actual email address the email is coming from.

Don’t click suspicious links or download suspicious files

Almost any type of attachment can be infected by harmful viruses or malware which can infect the device being used to check your emails. As a general rule, if you don’t recognize the sender don’t click or download anything. Even if a suspicious looking link or attachment is included in an email from a trusted source, you should still confirm through another form of communication that the information sent was indeed sent from them and is safe to click or open and not as a result of their account being hacked. It may take an extra few minutes to call or text to verify with the sender, but it will save you a headache in the case that the link or attachment are infected.

While scammers are coming up with new and more sophisticated methods to fool people into clicking links or downloading files in an effort to infect computers and steal personal information or demand payment, by taking a few extra steps to inspect incoming email messages a little more you can increase your chances of avoiding becoming the victim of email phishing fraud.


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Testimonials

  • “We have had our house and vehicle insurance with OEGEMA-NICHOLSON & ASSOC. INS. BKRS. located at 243 Castor Street in Russell, Ontario, for several years now. The people in the office have always been friendly and courteous whenever we had any queries and, in particular, we want to thank Christopher Lough who has been so helpful in every way. The thing we like the most is when you telephone this office you get a live person answering and not a machine.”-Jerry Gaudry
  • “I’ve been dealing with ONA for over 20 years with my personal insurance, as well as our commercial insurance, and I know I can rely on them for great customer service, and prompt responses. I feel confident not only referring them to my employees, but to our customers as well.”-Charlene Brunet, President, Dan Murphy Ford
  • “ONA helps me with my personal insurance and my business insurance . They are my one stop shop when it comes to insurance and group benefits. I know I’m covered in all areas. Great friendly service and knowledgeable staff!”-James Carriveau, President, Exact Interlock and Exact Properties
  • “I would like to thank Carol for everything she has done for me and my family over the years. It is my honest belief that we would not be in the position we are in if it was not for her guidance, expertise and honesty. We can’t begin to thank her enough.”-Tim
  • “It’s always a pleasure to deal with Oegema, Nicholson & Associates, and I can depend on them for all my insurance needs. I have been a client for several years and whether it’s regarding my personal insurance, or anything to do with our employee benefits or commercial needs, I know I’m taken care of.”-Rhonda, Capital Dodge
  • “I know all my insurance needs are covered with Oegema, Nicholson & Associates. I have been a loyal client for the last 15 years, and I can count of them for my commercial insurance, employee benefits, as well as my personal insurance and finances. Jeff Richer always goes above and beyond to help me with my insurance needs.”– Omkar Atwal, Owner, Leitrim Home Hardware
  • “One call to Oegema, Nicholson Associates is all it took. After our basement flooded, within a day or two they had a crew cleaning everything up, taking down the drywall and itemizing everything to be cleaned, thrown out or restored. They had everything in place for us in a timely manner and were extremely patient with me as they talked me through the process and waited for me to make decisions.”– Jennifer Parks, Stittsville, Ontario