Updated: Jan 30, 2020
Over 3 billion emails go out daily trying to get information on you, your employees, and your company. They use many scams and tactics to trick you into giving them sensitive information.
Tips to avoid being scammed:
1. Verify the email address: They may pretend to be a friend, family member, bank, or even Netflix. Click on the email address to make sure it is whomever they claim to be's real address.
2. Look for spelling and grammar errors: Most phishing schemes are from out of the country, make sure that it looks like they are familiar with the English language.
3. Never give out personal or sensitive information: Most companies will never ask for information like that via email. Hopefully your friends won't either....
4. Avoid opening attachments that you did not request or weren't informed ahead of time that you would be receiving them. They could contain malware or viruses that could steal your information, mirror your screen, embezzle money, and even steal your identity.
5. If you are skeptical about a request in an email, call the sender to verify. Trust your instincts and if something seems off, give the sender a call. They may have been hacked and will appreciate the heads up.
6. Double check hyperlinks before clicking on them. You can do this by hovering over the link to make sure that it matches the link shown. For example: www.JohnandMarysPhotoAlbum.com
7. Be wary of urgent messages. Many times these schemes work because the recipient feels a sense of urgency and doesn't take the time to verify or question why someone would need the sensitive information that is requested.
8. Emails asking you to log into your account from a link in the email. Many times the link will take you to an identical looking page and you will login with your password and now they have access to your accounts.
9. If you feel like an email can't be trusted, contact your IT or security team. It is their job to stay up on phishing and scams and they should be able to detect if something is phishy.