Cyber Security Awareness- What is Phishing? Phishing email messages, websites, and phone calls are designed to steal money. The activity of defrauding an online account holder of financial information by posing as a legitimate company. Cybercriminals can do this by installing malicious software on your computer or stealing personal information off of your computer. They most often gain access to a system through an email or link that we click on, opening the door to our system.
Beware of links in email: If you see a link in a suspicious email message, don't click on it. Rest your mouse (but don't click) on the link to see if the address matches the link that was typed in the message. #ThinkBeforeYouClick
Threats: Have you ever received a threat that your account would be closed if you didn't respond to an email message? Cybercriminals often use threats that your security has been compromised.
Spoofing popular websites or companies: Scam artists use graphics in email that appear to be connected to legitimate websites but actually take you to phony scam sites or legitimate-looking pop-up windows.
Cybercriminals also use web addresses that resemble the names of well-known companies but are slightly altered.
Cybercriminals also use social engineering to convince you to install malicious software or hand over your personal information under false pretenses. They might email you, call you on the phone, or convince you to download something off of a website. Look for spelling and bad grammar. Professional companies or organizations usually have a staff of copy editors that will not allow a mass email like this to go out to its users. If you notice mistakes in an email, it might be a scam.