Tips to Avoid Phishing Scams

Phishing is the fraudulent attempt to obtain sensitive, personal information such as usernames, passwords, credit 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 routes as well.

How to spot a phishing attempt
  1. Did you expect the email?
  2. Is there an attachment that you did not request?
  3. Is the sender asking you to click on a link?
  4. Is the sender trying to create urgency?
  5. Is the grammar or spelling incorrect?
  6. Is the sender’s email address 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, login, and get access to the information there.
  3. Check the email address – does it match what you’re used to seeing?
  4. Contact the sender via phone/text to confirm they sent the email.
  5. Utilize an email client that runs automatic virus scans.

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