Something smells “phishy”

54149576 - young woman holding her nose because of a bad smell.Do you have a strange e-mail in your inbox, claiming to be “important” or “urgent,” but you don’t recognize the sender? You open it up and it urges you to do something about it in a timely manner. And indeed you should. In fact, you should delete it as soon as possible.

Before you become the victim of a phishing scam.

What is phishing?

Phishing is when someone sends you an e-mail that appears to be from a well-known person, company or organization. But unlike real e-mails, they’re not trying to communicate with you; they just want to get you to reveal information they can use, such as your passwords, bank account numbers or credit card numbers.

What are some signs of phishing?

Some of the signs of phishing are obvious, and some are not. But if you see any of the following in an e-mail, it’s better to call up whoever claims to have sent it and see if they did so:

  • Requests to update information. You should be especially wary if the e-mail seems to be from the government or a bank; those institutions generally don’t contact individuals by e-mail to update things like their passwords.
  • Varying URL’s. Sometimes, there will be a URL in the e-mail that requests you to click on it. Hover over that URL and the one you see when you hover over the e-mail address. If they’re very different from each other, chances are someone’s “phishing” for you.
  • General sloppiness. Many phishers don’t take the time to craft well-written e-mails. Unlike a multi-million dollar company or enterprise, such as a bank, you may find the e-mail riddled with typos, spelling errors and grammar mistakes.

Protect yourself from phishing

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