Cybersecurity - Internet & Email

Don't Be a Phishing Victim

Sure, you do know better, but sometimes you might be tempted to click that innocent-looking link in the email you just received. But don't do it!

Scammers are getting better and better at fooling people. You will get email that looks like it comes from your bank or credit union (yes, it has happened) or other legitimate business that asks you to confirm some of your personal information by clicking a link that takes you to their website where you can enter your account number, your password, or even -gasp!- your social security number.

The site might even look like your bank's website. But look very carefully at it - did they use an l instead of an I in the URL? or some other substitution that is hard to detect? Is it a secure page? Look in the address bar for the https://xxx address. Look in the status bar at the bottom for the little locked padlock. If you don't see these - it is not secure.

Tips

To be safe, Never click on a link that is in an email. At the very least, you mayget a tracking cookie that remembers your keystrokes and phones home to report them to somebody who may use your passwords and account information to no good end.

If you have confidence that it is a good link, type it into your browser address bar and then Enter or Go to get there.

Keep your personal information safe. Your bank will not email you with a request to go and tell them your account number. They already know it!

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Reporting Phishing to Businesses

Your bank/credit union or other legitimate business may have a special email address for you to use to report phishing - go to their website and check.