Phishing Emails - Avoid the Bait!
Phishing can be emails, texts, or calls you receive that seem to be from a company or people you know. But they are scammers. They may send you a link to click on asking for personal information like a password, social security number or date of birth or they may even try to gain access to your computer.
Here is how phishing works:
You get an email or text
- They pretend to be someone you know and ask you to click on a link, give you a password, bank account number or other personal information.
You think it is real
- Scammers can spoof logos and use fake email addresses. They use familiar company names or pretend to be someone you know.
They pressure you
- The messages urge you to act now or something bad will happen.
Clicking on a link from a scammer can allow them to install programs that lock you out of your computer and compromise your personal information.
How to avoid the bait:
Check it out before you click
- Call the company or person directly who you think is contacting you. If you have a contact at the company, use the number or email you know is correct.
- If you do not know them, look up the website for the company name they gave you and see if the person who contacted you really works there.
- NEVER open an email attachment if you do not know who it came from or why you received it
- You do not do business with the company that contacted you.
- Your name is missing, words are spelled wrong it contains bad grammar.
Be careful- some phishing schemes look very real, check it out and protect yourself.