Firms warned after increase in email scams
- Don’t click links or attachments in suspicious emails.
- Until you can verify that an email is legitimate, skip the links.
- Dangerous URLs, often hyperlinked with friendly language like “click here,” and attached documents may contain malware or ransomware, or lead to a fraudulent website set up by attackers.
- Trust your instincts.
- In some cases, phishing emails and fake websites can look official. Phishing emails may even appear to come from a known sender.
- What gives them away may be subtle — an unusual salutation, an urgent or uncharacteristic request, an unofficial-looking URL.
- If something seems odd or surprising, be suspicious: It could be phishing.
- Don’t be intimidated.
- A common phishing tactic is to threaten penalty, loss of service, or other consequences for not acting quickly.
- Slow down and look at the message carefully.
- Could it be a phishing attack?
- When in doubt, reach out.
- If you don’t trust an email, the best course of action is to call or text the alleged sender, or open a browser and type in the official website URL to learn more.
- Legitimate organizations, will never ask for your username or password, especially via email.
- Never, ever give up your username and password.
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