What is phishing?

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If you have an email address or cellphone number, chances are you’ve received a phishing message. And you’re not alone: phishing is the third most common scam affecting Canadians today.

Phishing is a cyber criminal’s attempt to get sensitive information by pretending to be a legitimate sender like

  • GOVERNMENT ORGANIZATIONS
  • STREAMING SERVICES
  • BANKS
  • ONLINE STORES
  • PHONE PROVIDERS
  • PEOPLE YOU KNOW

PHISHING IS VERY COMMON

1 IN 99 EMAILS ARE A PHISHING EMAIL

1 in 25 BRANDED EMAILS ARE PHISHING

AND VERY EASY TO FALL FOR

1 IN 10 CANADIANS SAY THEY’VE REPLIED TO PHISHING MESSAGES UNKNOWINGLY

Phishing comes in all shapes and sizes

  • SMISHING - SMS OR TEXT MESSAGING
  • SPEAR-PHISHING - PERSONALIZED, TARGETED MESSAGES
  • WHALING - MESSAGES TARGETED AT EXECUTIVES
  • SPOOFING - FORGED WEBSITES OR PHONE NUMBERS

6.4 BILLION PHISHING EMAILS ARE SENT EACH DAY

DON’T TAKE THE BAIT

  • READ AND RE-READ - Double-check the message and sender for anything strange.
  • DON’T CLICK SUSPICIOUS LINKS - Don’t’ download unknown files either.
  • NEVER SHARE YOUR PASSWORD - Never, ever, but especially over email or text.

It doesn’t hurt to be cautious. If you’re suspicious of a message, call the person or organization using their trusted number to double-check if the message is legit.

GET MORE TIPS TO PROTECT YOURSELF AND YOUR DEVICES AT GETCYBERSAFE.CA

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