How to protect yourself from Phishing scams
Phishing is when a cybercriminal contacts you in order to gain personal information, which can be later used to perform Cybercrime.
Usually, the caller pretends to be from a legitimate business such a bank, government agency, telephone or internet service provider. You may be contacted by email, social media, phone call, or text message.
Easy ways to spot a phishing attack
- You receive communication from a business you regularly deal with, asking you to update or verify your contact or personal details.
- Threats. “Real” companies are unlikely to threaten their customers. The email excerpt below is an example of a threat that Cybercriminals use to scare recipients that their security has been compromised.
- The link in the email looks strange if “hovered”. If you see a link in a suspicious email message, rest your mouse or “hover” over the link (but don’t click it) to see if the address matches what was typed in the message. In Phishing, the link usually doesn’t match the text as demonstrated below:
- The communication does not address you by your correct name, or may contain errors and grammatical flaws. Professional companies thoroughly check all email communications for errors before sending broadcasts.
How to protect yourself from Phishing
- Do not click any links or open attachments from emails that look dubious. Just delete the email.
- Perform an internet search using the wording of the email or message to see if it’s been positively identified as a scam.
- Look for the secure padlock or https: at the start of the website address (rather than http:), or a closed padlock or unbroken key icon at the bottom right corner of your browser window.
- Beware of phishing phone calls. Treat all unsolicited phone calls with scepticism. Do not provide any personal information. Ask for the caller’s name and contact number and make an independent check with the organisation before calling back
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