Recognize and avoid phishing scams

Cybercriminals use email or text messages to convince you to send them money, provide your password, or give them other personal information. There are several things you can do to protect yourself. Here are some tips from the FTC. In addition to these tips, we recommend the following:

  • Hover over any links to view the URL before you click on it. Look closely for URLs that look close to – but not quite the same as legitimate URLs.
    • Some email programs, browsers, or anti-virus programs will check URLs before they open and protect you from malicious sites.
  • Check the “from” email address closely. Select “reply” (but don’t reply) so you can see who the email will go to. Watch out for gmail, Hotmail, and similar accounts. Like URLs, the bad guys may try to trick you with email addresses that are almost, but not quite right.
    • This is one reason we recommend a professional email address tied to your own web/email domain.
  • Check with the sender if you’re not sure – give them a call or send them an email using contact information you trust. Ask them if they really sent the email.
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