Email phishing continues to be a problem. It is a criminal activity in which someone attempts to acquire sensitive information from you – such as passwords, social security numbers or financial data – by posing as a reputable person or business. Don’t take the phishing bait. To help protect yourself against phishing:
- Be wary of emails asking for confidential information, especially of a financial nature. Legitimate organizations will never request sensitive information via email.
- Don’t get pressured into providing sensitive information. Phishers like to use scare tactics, and may threaten to disable an account or delay services until you update certain information. Be sure to contact the merchant directly to confirm the authenticity of their request.
- Never submit confidential information via forms embedded within email messages.
- Never use links in an email to connect to a website. Instead, open a new browser window and type the URL directly into the address bar.