What Are Phishing Scams and How to Avoid Them

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Phishing scams are an easy way for cyber criminals to trick the victim into downloading malware that infects their computer or providing sensitive information like passwords, usernames, personal information & more. Phishing scams often work by having the recipient download an email attachment or click a link to a malicious website. Once you click the link, download the attachment or provide sensitive information, you’ve given the cyber criminal exactly what they wanted.

The following tips will help you spot a phishing scam and avoid being a victim

  • Always hover over a link before you click it to make sure it’s not redirecting you to a different site.
  • Use Firewalls which act as a buffer between you and cyber criminals to reduce the odds of them infiltrating your computer or network.
  • Never share personal or sensitive information over the internet.
  • Check for spelling and grammar mistakes. Legitimate emails and websites do not generally have any mistakes.
  • Beware of emails that include “Urgent”, “Account Suspended”, “Security Alert” or “Unauthorized Login Attempt” in the subject line.
  • Never download email attachments from someone you don’t know.

If you are the victim of a phishing scam, you should change all of your passwords immediately.