Modern technology has opened us up to some new and daunting scams. Phishing scams are a regular occurrence that people must be aware of, otherwise they may fall prey to a scammer’s tactics.
How Do They Work?
Phishing scams most often manifest themselves via email.Some other ways phishing scams can affect your everyday habits is in website pop-ups or phone calls, but phishing scams are most often seen via email.
A seemingly legitimate email from a company you are familiar with comes through asking you to click a link and “update information”.Clicking these links is highly likely to download a virus or malware onto your computer.
Even if you don’t get a virus from the link, entering the information they are asking you to verify onto their fake website (that very often look amazingly real!) means you just gave away all your personal information, or credit card numbers, to a criminal.This is always a scam. As this has become more common, most companies will include notes in legitimate emails saying they will never ask for information or request credit card or banking information via email.
How Do You Avoid Them?
The first step in avoiding phishing scams is recognizing them for what they are; scams.Never click links in emails unless you are expecting the email and know who the sender is. Even if you do open the email – NEVER open the attachment if unrecognized. If a company sends you an email asking to verify information and you think it may be legitimate, either go to their website contact page independently (do not click the link!) and call or email asking if this email is legitimate.Not only does this allow you to verify if the information they are asking for is legitimate but it also flags them that someone is using their company name in a phishing scam if it’s not which will help protect other consumers.
Contact us at Shred Alaska Inc. to see how we can help keep your information safe.