With the increase in online sales, identity theft is on the rise so be safe and avoid getting phished. Beware of opening emails from unknown sources or clicking on links embedded in emails.
If you get emails from vendors you traditionally shop with, it is recommended to open a new window on your computer and going directly to the company’s website.
When purchasing online, always look for the little padlock in the address which shows whether or not the website is secured to protect payments. Look for https to show a secure connection.
Also make sure to only shop on secure networks and avoid public, unsecured networks in hotels, coffee shops or airports where someone could hack in and access your credit card information. Avoid accessing your financial information or any other accounts that require a password on public Wi-Fi.
Phishing email messages, websites, and phone calls are designed to steal money. Cybercriminals can do this by installing malicious software on your computer or stealing personal information off of your computer.
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.
What does a phishing email message look like?
Here is an example of what a phishing scam in an email message might look like.
Suzanne Brown Insurance Agency
A Texas Independent Insurance Agency with over 40 insurance carriers