What is PHISHING?
Phishing is the fraudulent use
of email to impersonate a trusted person or business. The emails will appear to
come from a friend or family (whose email account has been compromised) or from
a business, like Amazon or FedEx. Phishing emails will typically imply a sense
of urgency for the recipient to send money or ask the person to click on a link
to verify their account information. Here’s an example phishing email we
How can you protect yourself?
Never open email from an untrusted source.
If the email is from a person or business you know, does the content of the
message seem odd? If so, call the person/business on phone numbers you know to
be true (e.g. a friend’s cell phone or a business number from an official
statement, etc.) and ask them to verify the message contents. This is
especially important when the email has tactics to scare you (“We’ll cancel
your account if you don’t click”), bribe you (“Click here for a free iPad”) or
confuse you (“We never received your payment”).
Hover on a link before you click it!
Malicious URLs and websites can look almost exactly like a legitimate site, but
may contain a mismatched URL (e.g., Annazon.com instead of Amazon.com ) or a
misleading domain name (e.g., FedEx.tv).
Maintain security software and settings. As
a general rule of thumb, always maintain up-to-date anti-virus software,
firewalls and email filters on your computer. Also, take advantage of any
anti-phishing features offered by your email client and web browser.
Report phishing email to firstname.lastname@example.org.