Phishing is an illegal attempt to “fish” for and steal your private, sensitive information.
- A criminal sends thousands, even millions, of emails to a variety of people, usually at random. These emails appear to be messages from a popular company. A common example contains a false story designed to lure you into clicking on a link, downloading and attachment or calling a phone number (419).
- The phishing email contains links or buttons that take you to a fraudulent website.
- The fraudulent website mimics the company referenced in the email, and aims to extract your sensitive personal information.
They trick you to believe that you are giving your information to a company you trust when, in fact, you’re giving it to a criminal gang.
If you believe you’ve received a phishing email, follow these steps:
- Do not click on any links or download any attachments within the suspicious email.
- Delete the suspicious email from your email account and empty your “Deleted Items” folder.
- Block the e-mail address that the phishing e-mail originated from in your e-mail client.
- Report the phishing e-mail to the organization that the criminals are trying to mimic immediately.