Tips to Avoid Phishing Scams

Phishing is a common type of cybercrime that fraudsters use to obtain sensitive, personal information such as usernames, passwords, card numbers, or account information by posing as a trustworthy source, such as a reputable company. Phishing is commonly done through email, although social networking sites and chatting apps are becoming increasingly common methods as well.

  1. Did you expect the email?
  2. Is there an attachment you did not request?
  3. Is the sender asking you to click on a link?
  4. Is the sender trying to create a sense of urgency?
  5. Are there grammar or spelling errors?
  6. Does the sender’s email address appear to be fake or misspelled?
  7. Is the tone consistent with the request/the supposed sender?
how to protect yourself from phishing
  1. Check links before clicking – hover your cursor over the hyperlink to view the URL and determine if the website makes sense.
  2. If a link looks suspicious, don’t click! Visit the website of the business or organization and get access to information there.
  3. Check the email address – does it match what you typically receive?
  4. Contact the sender via a known phone number to confirm they sent the email.
  5. Utilize an email service that runs automatic virus scans.

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