What is Phishing?
How to recognise a phishing email?
- In the message it mentions if you don't click on this link they will have to close your account
- They promise you money for little or no effort e.g. clicking on a link and they will give you money
- Deals that sound too good to be true
- Requests to donate to a charity after a disaster that has been on the news.
- Bad grammar and misspellings
- You can also look at the email address and you can compare it with another email from your bank or shopping website and if it different it is probably a phishing email
What to do if you think you have been a victim of phishing?
Check your bank statements and if there is any statement addressed to you but you didn't purchase then contact your bank immediately.
Contact companys that has taken money from your account without your permission.
How to prevent being a victim of phishing?
- Click links cautiously if you're not sure if it is the actual website it is safer to go to the website and login there.
- Look for secure sites in the address bar at the top of your browser before the url it will show a green padlock which means the website is secure. Also look at the end of http it will have a s https which also means it is a secure website.
- Use a phishing filter and good antimalware software that should block most phishing emails
- Think critically if something sounds too good to be true it probably is.