Phishing and Smishing Scams
One of the most common methods used to scam unsuspecting victims is phishing (or smishing, using SMS text).
Phishing emails look like they came from a real company you know and trust. The sole purpose of a phishing email scam is to trick you into going to a fake website that looks equally authentic, and inputting personal information that would in turn provide the criminal with access to your accounts.
Some of the more common phishing and smishing scams:
- You're asked to validate your account by following a link.
- You're told there's a problem with your current account.
- You're threatened with action (i.e. closing your account) if you don't respond.
Read more about identity theft and how you can protect yourself online.
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