Phishing attempts are becoming increasingly sophisticated, making it difficult to distinguish between legitimate emails and websites and phishing attempts. Here are some tips to help you identify phishing attempts.
Look for spelling and grammatical errors
Phishing emails and websites often contain spelling and grammatical errors. Legitimate emails and websites are usually professionally written and free of errors.
Check the sender's email address
Check the sender’s email address to make sure it matches the company or organization it claims to be from. Be wary of emails from unknown or suspicious addresses
Avoid clicking on links
Avoid clicking on links in emails, especially if they are asking for personal information or taking you to a login page. Instead, go directly to the company or organization’s website and log in from there..
Check the website URL
Check the website URL to make sure it is spelled correctly and matches the legitimate website. Phishing websites often have similar URLs or use misspelled variations of the legitimate website.
Look for security indicators
Look for security indicators like HTTPS in the website URL, a lock icon in the address bar, or a security badge on the website. These indicate that the website is secure and has been verified.
Don't provide personal information
Be wary of emails or websites asking for personal information like your Social Security number, credit card details, or login credentials. Legitimate companies and organizations usually don’t ask for this information via email.
Be wary of urgency or threats
Phishing emails often use urgency or threats to create a sense of urgency, such as threatening to close your account or stating that you must act immediately to avoid a negative consequence. Legitimate companies and organizations usually don’t use these tactics.