How Not to Get Scammed

Phishing: What is it?

Phishing is the attempt to acquire sensitive information such as usernames, passwords, and credit card details (and sometimes, indirectly, money), often for malicious reasons, by masquerading as a trustworthy entity in an electronic communication.


Phishing Emails Often Have...

  • "Dear Customer," or "Client," as a greeting, instead of your first name
  • Urge you to click a link
  • Stress certain dangers, such as the termination of your account. Some keywords include "urgent" and "immediate."
  • Slight typos in their email address, web address, and more

Preventative Measures You Can Take...

  • Checking addresses. Often times they have a letter missing, an extra letter, or a substitute EX: @ in place of a
  • Proofreading the email. Sometimes English isn't a Phisher's first language.
  • Checking where a link directs you. A good way to do this is to hover over the suspicious link. Legitimate emails almost always have "https://" in place of "http://"
Cybercrime Exposed: How to Spot a Phishing Scam