Phishing is when hackers send bad emails in order to steal your personal details (e.g. your laptop password).
It is a type of online scam where criminals send an email that appears to be from a legitimate company asking you to provide sensitive information.
This is usually done by including a link that supposedly takes you to the company’s website where you are asked to fill in your information – but the website is a clever fake and the information you provide goes straight to the crooks behind the scam.
Watch out for these common email phishing tells and don’t get caught out:
- Forceful/faked urgency to get you
to respond before you think
- Offer a prize or reward to tempt you
to click on a link
- Ask you to provide your password or other
confidential data for security purposes
- Website addresses that are similar to, but
not the same as the real thing, e.g.
www.gØØgle.com vs www.google.com
www.twiter.com vs www.twitter.com
- Use “masked” links that look like a trusted
website address but take you somewhere
else when you click on it
- Top tip — hovering over the link
should display the actual address
- Emails that appear to come from a senior
employee at your organization
- Poor spelling and/or unusual grammar
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