What do you know about Phishing?

ICT Task

What is it?

when a company sets up a website looking like a bank (hsbc), they send out spam email, making it look like an email from that particular bank asking you to click on a button, they ask you to log onto the site (the site isnt really hsbc). It askes you to fill in your details, and then they have full access to your acount.

Warning Signs

It is important to know what is phishing and what is a legitimate message from a bank or credit card company. Phishers often put a lot of effort into making their sites and emails look as legitimate as possible, but there are things to look for that can help users spot a phishing scam. These are just a few:

• The link or URL is not correct. Users should look at the end of the URL, where the actual domain is listed. If whatever immediately preceding the “.com” or other suffix is not the name of the intended site, it is almost definitely a fish. Also, any URLs starting with numbers are most likely directed to an IP address, a sure sign of a scam.

• The greeting is generic. These messages are sent out in large batches, so the greeting will not contain any part of the recipient’s name, something one’s credit company would almost sure include.

Stay safe from Phishing

Protect Yourself

Knowing what is phishing and what to look for are important first steps to protecting yourself from phishing. This is a real threat that all email users need to be aware of. When receiving an email from a trusted institution or site imploring you to act quickly, don’t act too fast. Take a moment to review the email for signs of phishing before acting on any email requesting your personal information; it could very well be a scam.