Monday, December 18

How to Avoid Being a Phishing Victim

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Phishing is a type of internet fraud whereby a criminal attempts to gain personal information for purposes of identity theft, using fraudulent email messages that appear to come from legitimate business. 
Be careful while respond to email. Do not respond to requests for personal information via email. When in doubt, call the institution that claims to have sent you the email. Never fill out forms in email messages that ask for confidential information. If you suspect the message might not be authentic, don’t use the links within the email to get to a web page.
Phishing emails are generally not sent by name. They contain either no greetings or general greetings like Dear Sir/ Madam; because they don’t know your name. Regularly check your bank, credit and debit card statements to ensure that all transactions are legitimate and if anything is suspicious, contact your bank and all card issuers immediately.
Ensure that your browser and OS software is up-to-date and the latest security patches are applied. Check for visually deceptive text.  Always make ensure that you are using a secure website when submitting credit card or other sensitive information via your web browser.
Look for the locked padlock icon in the window of the browser, and click or double click on it to see details of the site’s security. Check the URL by pointing your mouse on the link, before clicking on the same. If it’s phishing, this URL will be different.

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