We've all played the game "go fish" in hopes of obtaining the correct card to make a match and eventually win the simple card game. Phishing is the same concept, except you are the fish on the end of the line and the person phishing is going for more than a simple matched card. Phishing is a popular cycbercrime when you are targeted through and e-mail, phone call, text message, or other form of cyber communication. These people are trying to get you to reveal personal and sensitive information such as your social security number, credit card numbers and banking information.
2. Sense of Urgency When the call comes for you to claim your trip, and yet you must "act now", something is fishy. Once again, this is a smart tactic many scammers use to get you to act fast without putting much forethought into your actions. If there is time to think, they are more than likely to get caught.
3. Asking for Personal Information If a company calls and offers a product or an opportunity to lower your interest rate on your credit card, house payment, or car loan and then proceed to insist this must be done over the phone-- odds are this is a scam. The people on the other end of the line can be quite persistent and convincing. A smart rule of thumb is to never give out personal information over the phone unless paying a bill directly to a company or hospital and to a real person, not an animated robot on the other end.
• notify banks • change passwords • watch bank accounts closely • report the company and phone numberBy being aware of what phishing is, watching for red flags, and being smart with personal information you can avoid being caught in the middle of a phishing scam.