Scammers launch thousands of phishing attacks every day. Phishing is the attempt to get passwords, credit card details, access to your device or other personal information by sending emails, instant messenger chats or text messages that appear to come from a trustworthy individual, business or institution.
Phishing attempts are messages that tell you to click a link or open an attachment. For example:
You will lose access to your account.
You must confirm personal information or pay an invoice.
You are eligible for a coupon or gift card.
Your family member needs help.
Some simple steps can help determine whether an email/message is legitimate or if it is a phishing scam.
Verify contact information.
Legitimate email should include the sender’s name and offer an alternative contact method other than replying to the email or clicking a link. When in doubt, do not click the link. Open your web browser and go directly to the company or department website for their correct contact information.
Don’t fall for the hype.
The email or text…