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How To Recognize and Avoid Phishing Scams

Scammers use email or text messages to trick you into giving them your personal information. They may try to steal your passwords, account numbers, or Social Security numbers. If they get that information, they could gain access to your email, bank, or other accounts. Scammers often update their tactics, but there are some signs that will help you recognize a phishing email or text message.

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  • Phishing Email Example 1
    Phishing Email Example 1
  • Phishing Email Example 2
    Phishing Email Example 2
  • Phishing Email Example 3
    Phishing Email Example 3
  • a Mismatched email domains and first time or infrequent senders

    When you get an email that claims to be from a reputable company, colleague or unfamiliar, take a moment to examine it extra carefully before you proceed. The email may be sent from another email domain. Be watchful for subtle misspellings of the legitimate domain name.

  • b Threats

    Whenever you see a message calling for immediate action take a moment, pause, and look carefully at the message.

  • c Suspicious links or unexpected attachments

    If you suspect that an email message is a scam, don't open any links or attachments that you see. Instead, hover your mouse over, but don't click, the link to see if the address matches the link that was typed in the message.

  • d Urgent call to action

    Often they'll claim you have to act now to claim a reward or avoid a penalty. Creating a false sense of urgency is a common trick of phishing attacks and scams.

  • e Impersonation

    The email looks like it’s from a company or person you may know and trust. It may even feature a familiar name or logomark.

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