Phishing Scams

What is Phishing?

Phishing attacks are designed to steal personal information to steal money. Typically, cybercriminals use ‘spoofed’ email messages, phone calls, and websites to trick recipients into revealing personal financial information (such as social security numbers, credit card numbers, and passwords). Up to 5% of recipients respond when trusted names of online retailers, banks and credit card companies are used.

Avoiding Phishing Scams

  • Be suspicious of any email with urgent requests for personal information, bad spelling and grammar, suspicious links, and threats.
  • Avoid using links with an unfamiliar email address to access web pages and filling out forms that ask for personal information.
  • Make sure that your browser and security patches are up to date.
  • Confirm that you are using a secure website (https://) when submitting any sensitive personal information (such as your credit card number).

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