Luckily, this is just a test.
Steps to avoid Phishing Scams:
Inspect Email Addresses and Sender Details: Always hover over the sender’s name in an email to display the actual email address. Check for slight misspellings or variations that mimic legitimate addresses (e.g., ‘microsoftsupport.com’ instead of ‘microsoft.com’). Be particularly cautious with emails from free email services like Gmail or Yahoo, as these are commonly used by phishers.
Examine Links Before Clicking: Hover over any links in the email without clicking them. This will reveal the actual URL. Check for discrepancies or misleading domain names. Phishing links often look similar to legitimate ones but may have subtle differences, like ‘amaz0n.com’ instead of ‘amazon.com’.
Verify Requests for Personal Information: Legitimate companies rarely ask for sensitive information via email. If an email requests personal details like passwords or credit card numbers, it’s likely a phishing attempt. Contact the company directly using a phone number or website address you know is real, not the contact information provided in the email.
Be Wary of Email Attachments: Do not open email attachments from unknown sources. Even if you know the sender, be cautious, as their account may have been compromised. Phishing emails often contain attachments disguised as invoices, legal documents, or other official files that, when opened, can install malware on your system.
Always check with the sender via phone if something feels off: Use known or officially listed contact details, not those provided in the questionable message, to call the sender and discuss your concerns. Avoid sharing personal details during this verification call. If the communication is confirmed as a phishing attempt, report it to the appropriate parties and document the incident for future reference.
Phishing Signs to look out for:
– Urgent action demands or being asked to do something in secret
– Poor grammar and spelling errors
– An unfamiliar greeting or salutation
– Requests for login credentials, payment information or sensitive data
– If you’re asked to pay using gift cards, it’s a scam