How to Report a Phishing Attempt
Have you ever opened your email and seen a suspicious subject line? Have you ever opened an email that seemed to be from someone you trusted, but it just didn’t sound or look right? You were probably witnessing a phishing attempt, and hopefully you deleted it before any harm could come to your computer and your information. All too often, however, people do fall prey to these and other scams, compromising their personal data in the process.
What is Phishing?
This term simply refers to an attempt to solicit personal information. These emails may also contain malicious code that compromises your system even if you delete the email. Sometimes, phishing emails are crafted to appear as if they have been sent from a legitimate organization or someone you know. In fact, they can look nearly identical to the companies they are trying to mimic.
How can you avoid phishing attempts?
Never reveal personal data in emails, no matter how legitimate they may look. This covers everything form birthdays and your mother’s maiden name to account information. You should also never open emails with attachments unless they are from someone you know and you were suspecting the communication. You should also have up to date antivirus software installed on your system.
If you think you’ve received a suspicious email, report it by visiting this site and forwarding it unopened to firstname.lastname@example.org. If you’d like to be more proactive, read through these tips to learn how to protect yourself better.