It’s phishing season?
What is phishing Ebeth? Not to be confused with fishing, phishing is defined as the activity of defrauding an online account holder of financial information by posing as a legitimate company.
In other words, phishing is a type of online scam to steal your information and benefit from it. Now more than ever online scammers are phishing around the internet, building legitimate looking websites and emails with the intent to steal your confidential information. This blog from the Credit Union Times about 12 Scams of Christmas really made me want to share more information with you.
Here are a few ways to help you avoid getting caught up in phishing.
- Be cautious of emails that are from unrecognized senders, ask you for personal information or threaten you with frightening information.
- Don’t click on links, or download files from unknown senders.
- NEVER enter personal information in popup links.
- Protect your computer with a firewall, spam filters, and anti-virus stuff.
- Check your online accounts and bank statements regularly and if you see something suspicious, call your financial institution immediately.
Be careful, cautious and don't be afraid to ask your friends, family or financial institution if something doesn't seem right.
Keeping it Fresh, Young & Free,