Scammers use email to try and steal your passwords, account numbers, Social Security numbers and other personal identifying information (PII). They try to gain access to your email, bank, or other accounts. You might get an unexpected email that looks like it’s from a company you know or trust, like a bank or a credit card or from an online payment website or app. https://consumer.ftc.gov/articles/how-recognize-and-avoid-phishing-scams
Scammers launch thousands of phishing attacks every day — and they’re often successful by:
- saying they’ve noticed some suspicious activity or log-in attempts
- claiming there’s a problem with your account or your payment information
- saying you need to confirm some personal or financial information
- including an invoice, you don’t recognize
- wanting you to click on a link to make a payment — but the link has malware
- saying you’re eligible to register for a government refund — it’s a scam
- offering a coupon for free stuff
At your convenience, please take this 7-minute video and learn more about:
- What are the RED flag areas to review in an email
- What should you look out for in each area
- How many misspellings can you find in the example phishing email?
- What should you do if you determine it is a phishing email?
- Useful Phishing Tips