Phishing is when criminals use fake emails, social media posts or direct messages with the goal of luring you to click on a bad link or download a malicious attachment. If you click on a phishing link or file, you can hand over your personal information to the cybercriminals. A phishing scheme can also install malware onto your device.
Here are some quick tips to clearly spot a phishing email:
Does it contain an offer that’s too good to be true?
Does it include language that’s urgent, alarming, or threatening?
Is it poorly crafted writing riddled with misspellings and bad grammar?
Is the greeting ambiguous or very generic?
Does it include requests to send personal information?
Does it stress an urgency to click on an unfamiliar hyperlinks or attachment?
Is it a strange or abrupt business request?
Does the sender’s e-mail address match the company it’s coming from? Look for little misspellings like pavpal.com or anazon.com.
If you spot a phishing email, don't click on the links or respond, Just Delete!
Everyone has a right to a safe internet, so let’s remember to #BeCyberSmart.