Phishing Scams

Phishing is a type of online scam where criminals send an email

that appears to be from a legitimate company and ask you to

provide sensitive information. This is usually done by including

a link that will appear to take you to the company’s website to fill

in your information.

The term ’phishing’ is a spin on the word fishing, because criminals

are dangling a fake ’lure’ hoping users will ’bite’ by providing the

information the criminals have requested – such as credit

card numbers, account numbers etc.

Items of concern to note: Not using your name, Errors in Grammar, Font spacing / size and a False web address.

Smarter scammers may have corrected these, the only ways to be sure are as follows.

Hunter Richards Security advise the following,
Use your own link. If you use the company, you may already have a bookmark for the website you can use, if not, use a search engine and type in the company’s name, then use the link from your search engine to go to the correct site. If the email is legitimate, you will see the same information when you log into your account on the legitimate site. This is the ONLY way to guarantee you land on the legitimate site. If you use the link (or phone number) in an email, IM, and on a website/blog site/forum/social network/text message, etc., where you land (or who you talk to) is their choice, not yours. The website they take you to (or the ’bank manager’ on the phone) may be a very convincing copy, but if you enter your information it could be stolen and abused.

Install or activate a web tool that identifies malicious sites for you so you know the website you find is legitimate. There are several tools that will do this for you.

If you find you are the victim of a phishing scam, change all of your passwords immediately. If you use the same password for multiple sites (we hope you don't), cyber criminals could be in the process of trying to access other commonly used sites.