Been phishing lately ?
Or more to the point . . .
Have you been Phished?
What is a phishing email?
Phishing is one of the most successful e-mail scams.
It is the act of sending an email which claims to be from a legitimate business asking you to visit a website to enter some form of personal information or identification.
The emails often appear to come from your bank or Paypal or ebay. Also from freight and courier companies such as DHL.
But I was recently “phished” after placing an advert in an online advertising website.
The phishing email asks you to click on a link and enter your personal info into a webpage.
The attacker tries to lure you by using:
– the logo of the business in question
– a return email address that looks like it comes from the business
– the terminology of the business
– and making the email look like other emails that legitimately come from the business
The main point is the wording of the message which is written in a way to get you to react immediately and urgently.
For example, “your account is overdrawn” or “there’s been an error and you need to confirm your details” or “your parcel is on its way – track it here”.
I recently received a phishing email that said that my Paypal account had been suspended and I had to respond immediately!
So what should you do?
Tips on protecting yourself from phishing attacks:
Be suspicious of any e-mail with urgent requests for personal information or asking you to click on a link to confirm information.
Don’t be fooled by e-mails with upsetting or exciting (but false) statements that try to get you to react immediately. Think before you click.
If you suspect the message might not be authentic, do not use the links within the e-mail to get to a webpage.
If you have a valid email address for the business in question, forward the phishing email to that email address with a note about what happened.
Don’t fill out forms in e-mail messages that ask for personal information.
Look very closely at these emails. You will see the telltale signs of email addresses and website links that look genuine but are slightly different to the real business.
Reputable businesses will never ask you for any personal information such as account numbers or login details.
They will also never ask you to confirm your account details after you have registered by asking you to retype your password into the site.
If you are unsure, phone or email the business in question, but never use links in the email and never reply to the email.
From The Hotpink Foundation – Hotpink Websites
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