What is phishing?
Protect Yourself from Phishing Scams
- Ignore emails asking for your sensitive information such as credit card, banking info, or your social security number. Reputable businesses and organizations will never ask for you to reply to an email with personal info.
- Don’t click on links within an email you think may be suspicious. If you’re worried that the email may be real, open your internet browser and type in the web address yourself to make sure you’re being taken to the actual website and not one that’s been spoofed to collect your personal info.
- If you receive an email that is trying to scare you or threaten you with consequences for not providing them with sensitive information, just ignore it. Scare tactics are often used in phishing scams.
- Be on the lookout for misspellings in company names, both in the email and in the URL’s of any links provided within the email. Scammers often use misspellings of company names in urls to fool people into thinking they are on a legitimate website. One way to double check a URL is to hover your mouse over it. If you’re on an iOS device such as an iPhone or iPad, tap and hold your finger on any link and it will display the URL.
- If you think you may have been tricked into giving out your sensitive information to a scammer contact your bank and credit card company immediately. Also make sure to change your passwords to prevent them from accessing any of your accounts.
- You can also visit the FTC’s identity theft website: ftc.gov/idtheft. Phishing scams can sometimes lead to identity theft.
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