Tech Talk – Is someone Phishing for your information?

August 20, 2015

Tech Support words in 3d letters in a red metal toolbox to illustrate an information technology assistance or help role

Phishing scams are typically well-crafted fake email messages that seem to come from legitimate companies or individuals (banks, internet providers, online sellers and government agencies). These messages usually direct you to a spoofed (fake) website or otherwise get you to share your private or personal information (passwords, account names, numbers, etc.). This information is then often used to commit identity fraud.

Phishing scams are simple social engineering attempts designed to create a sense of panic or urgency. These scams often attempt to trick people into responding, by stating they will lose something, or face criminal charges. These tricks are usually the work of a phishing scam as most companies, government agencies or law enforcement would never contact you in such a manner.

Most reputable organizations would never use email to request that you reply with any personal information. Be suspicious of any email message that asks you for personal information, through a website or by replying to the message itself. Never reply to or click the links in those messages. It is a safe bet to go directly to the company’s website directly by either using a web search or by entering the web address directly into your browser.

If you have any thought that the email isn’t a legitimate one, delete it immediately, and report the incident to your technology staff. In short, if in doubt delete it.

VACo Contact: John Kandris

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