Scammers use emails or text messages to trap you into giving them your personal or sensitive information. They may try to steal your online credentials, account numbers, or your social security numbers so that they can get access to your emails, bank account, or any other account. Nowadays, scammers perform thousands of online attacks and are successful. Scammers keep on updating their tactics but there is some sign that helps you recognize a phishing email or text message.
Phishing email and text messages look like they are real and being sent by the companies you know or trust. Phishing emails or text messages often tell a story to force you to click on a link or opening an attachment.
Ways to Protect Yourself from Phishing attacks:
Be Sensible: You can significantly reduce the chance of being a victim of phishing attacks by being smart and sensible while checking your emails or browsing online. Never click any unknown link in an email to a website unless you are sure it is authentic. If you have any doubt, you can copy the link and search it in the browser.
Watch out for shortened links:
Cybercriminals often use short links to trick you into thinking that you are opening a legitimate link. So, beware of short links before opening them and should pay more attention to them. Cybercriminals may use these links to steal your personal information or other sensitive information.
Does that email look suspicious? Read it again.
There are plenty of phishing emails that look fair. Spammers usually spoof emails to encourage recipients to open, reply, or take some action. The most common being brand spoofing. For example, one might receive an email from “service@Paypa1.com” (ending with number 1, instead of small ‘l’) asking for credit card verification or asking to re-login on a link for reasons that demand prompt action but, the email is from a scammer and not from the actual source.
Be wary of threats and Urgent Deadlines: