There are a lot of different types of phishing scams, they can happen by email, phone, text message, or even through pop-up notifications when you’re browsing the web. One thing they all have in common, they mean to trick you into sharing your sensitive data and use it to their benefit.
You can avoid and easily identify these scams with a few simple rules and tips to follow while web browsing or emailing
Scammers will design messages and notifications to seem like they’re from a legitimate company or a person that you know
- The sender’s email address doesn’t match the name of the company that it claims to be from.
- The message was sent to an email address or phone number that’s different from the one that you gave that company.
- A link appears to be legitimate but takes you to a website whose URL doesn’t match the address of the company’s website.
- The message starts with a generic greeting, like “Dear valued customer” — most legitimate companies will include your name in their messages to you.
- The message has spelling and grammar mistakes that are dramatically noticeable.
- The message looks significantly different from other messages that you’ve received from the company.
- The message requests personal information, like a credit card number or account password.
- The message is unsolicited and contains an attachment or a zip file.
So you’ve identified a suspicious email, what now? A lot of times you’ll react so quickly without paying much attention. Stop, think, read carefully, and keep yourself protected!
- DO NOT reply to an email or text without verifying the sender. If you really believe there’s reason for concern, contact the company directly about the issue.
- DO NOT click any link or button on a website without being sure that the address of the company’s website appears to be correct.
- DO NOT open or save attachments or zip files from unknown senders. Again, you can always contact the company directly to verify the contents.
- If you’re not sure about the source of a browser pop-up window, avoid clicking any links or buttons in the window.
As always, at Atomic IT, we’re here to answer your questions and keep you protected. Your best line of defence is protection, contact us today to find out how you can be protected.