What is phishing? Phishing is a kind of scam carried out by con artists and identity theft criminals - specifically designed to trick you into unwittingly providing personal or confidential information, login details, credit card numbers, passwords and the like that are then used to do you harm.
A special on lures, weekend charters, and The Top 10 Best Spots to Take Your Kids to Catch a Flathead. I wish they were the kind of emails I was talking about, but no, we’re talking about a different kettle of fish - phishing (confusing, I know).
“Phishing” is the term used to describe an attack where an individual tries to convince you to provide them something (such as your account credentials or money). This could be through sending you a link to a rogue website, or by attempting to convince you they’re someone else, such as the company CEO or the accounts department from one of your vendors (which can also be referred to as “Spear Phishing”).
A lot of the time, these email messages will ask you to complete a task, such as login to your online banking to update details, buy gift cards for clients, or pay an invoice, and every now and again the attack relies on you starting a conversation with them over email.
Simply deleting these emails is generally all you need to do to protect yourself from this attack, but identifying a phishing email isn’t always straightforward.
How do I know if I’m facing an email scam? Some things to look out for are:
Finally, if you’re not sure, ask! Reach out to the company or person the email is from on the phone or contact your Technical Support team to have a look at the message for you, it never hurts to ask!
If you feel you may be a victim of a phishing scam and don’t know what to do next – contact us and one of our cyber security experts at Cloudwize can help you today.
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