Don’t get hooked by a PHISHING scam!

Phishing_1Its afternoon, and you have just finished your lunch. You open your email inbox and see one from your bank, informing you that your account will be deactivated due to some issue and you need to ‘click on a link’ to keep it active.

The email looks legitimate at first glance, it may also have official bank logo to make it look more authentic. So you click that link or download an attachment in that email. But chances are that you might end up feeling sorry that you did so. If you had taken a closer look, you would have realized it was a phishing mail.

So what is PHISHING?

Phishing is a scam/fraud which intends to steal you information. Cyber criminals provoke you to disclose critical personal/business information, such as credit card, bank account information, passwords, etc. Generally the phishing scam is carried out by sending an email that is made to look authentic and coming from a well-known organization.

How does PHISHING works?

  1. A cyber-criminal sends emails to people that appear to be from a well-known organization.
  2. The content of email is a false story designed to provoke you into clicking on a link or downloading an attachment or even calling a phone number.
  3. The phishing email may ask you to reply them with your personal details, or click on a link or button that takes you to a fake website.
  4. The fake website’s look and feel would be almost identical to a legitimate organization’s website of the organization which is mentioned in the email.
  5. The main aim is to trick you into disclosing sensitive, personal or business related data.
  6. You might feel that you are disclosing information to a trusted company when, but in reality, you’re giving it the cyber-criminal.

Beware! These phishing emails can also make you to click on suspicious attachments or visit websites that can infect your computer with a malware.

How to detect PHISHING emails?


What to do if you receive a PHISHING email?

If you receive a phishing email at your place of organization, you should report it to your email administrator or the IT security team. If it is related to your banking, report the same to your bank. The email administrator or IT security team and the concerned banking officers will use this information to improve their defenses against these attacks. Additionally, you can report the email as spam to your email service provider.

Ravikiran Kunder

Infosec trainer by passion and Infosec consultant by profession.

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