Good morning, everyone! I hope that you've all had a safe and happy week. Our last blurb introduced the concept of phishing. This week's will continue the theme with how to protect yourself from phishing emails and identity theft.
Many of us are busy and receive great sums of emails in our email boxes. That is why phishing attacks are effective, we are skimming our emails and not assessing the details before we click. We miss the little nuances that are occurring in the email and as many of us are under a time constraint, we respond or act without assessing the implications of opening the email. Below are a few suggestions to protect yourself from these phishing emails.
Protect your email address - These attackers use your email addresses against you. Create a separate email address for different purposes, ie: have one email for financial uses and another for work or social email.
Carefully verify the emails you receive - Always check the sender address! Read the email carefully and identify that no alterations like numbers or letters have been included in the address. Bad grammar is prevalent in these emails. Watch out for suspicious links: they can open to fake webpages or download spam to your computer.
Some other points to consider:
- The sender of the email will usually not be an official communication account
- The link contained in the phishing email will also not be an official site
- Emails can also come from people that you know but with subtle variations
Report phishing, scams or fraud:
- If you have received a phishing attempt, or suspect that you may be a target of a scam or fraud, report it to the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre by telephone at 1-888-495-8501 or through their Fraud Reporting