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Get educated on the basics of phishing
With phishing scams becoming more commonplace every day, it’s best to brush up on major phishing red flags so you can spot a suspicious email when it lands in your inbox.
Phishing is an attempt to get hold of personal, financial or otherwise sensitive information like account numbers, usernames and passwords. A successful phishing scheme will get people to volunteer information by camouflaging itself as a routine communication, often an email message, from a trusted source like a bank or a colleague.
Phishing emails and messages can have all the look and feel of a regular communication, but there are a few giveaways to look out for. Never volunteer to share personal information like passwords, usernames, account numbers or work log in credentials through email. If something ever feels phishy (as it were), chances are it is.
Here are some common red flags that may indicate an email or message isn’t what it seems.