Phishing Detecting And Prevention
How is it that people can get caught in a phishing scam? Anyone can be tricked by a stylish phishing scam, but simple phishing scams can easily be spotted, even those that seem like the real thing.
Here are some popular phrases to look for in your emails, if you suspect message to be a phishing scam.
1) "Verify your account."
This is probably one of the more popular scams. As mentioned above, these types of emails state that you will need to verify your account by clicking on a link below.
The best way to avoid this is to not click anything within the email. Instead, open another browser tab or window and go to your banking institution's website or give them a call. Most institutions now have separate areas to report phishing; remember that your bank will never ask you for your personal information through email.
2) "You have won the lottery."
This is one of the most common phishing scams around, also known as fee fraud'. The message informs you have won a large amount of money and asks you to reply to the message with your address, bank details and other personal information. These scams often come pretending to be from reputed organizations such as IBM, Microsoft, etc
3) Your account will be closed if you do not respond within 24 hours.
This is done to scare people, especially with so many of us using several types of online accounts. Because of the scare, people won't look at the clues that clearly state that this is a fake email. Look at the way the words are said or spelled in the email; often, these emails are not sent by an English speaking person. As with the above, open up a separate browser and check the owner's site.