How to Recognize & Avoid Phishing Scams

What is Phishing?

A fraudulent attempt to get your personal information, banking details, and passwords via email, phone or texts. Cyber-criminals often pose as someone calling from your financial institution or other company.

Recent Reported Attacks

October 2019

Yahoo Data Breach Settlement Phishing Attacks: Did you use a Yahoo email from 2012-2016? You may have gotten personal information stolen from hackers. With the class action lawsuit, Yahoo must offer two years of free credit-monitoring services or $100 to anyone who had an account stolen during this period.

Please remember: Hackers are also using this lawsuit to attempt to trick people into filling out fake claims! If your account was compromised and you want to claim your rights to this settlement, only use their official settlement site, https://yahoodatabreachsettlement.com.

September 2019

Amazon Phishing Scam in Progress: Cybercriminals are targeting Amazon customers and successfully getting account logins, personal information and sometimes even their banking information. They send phishing emails that look convincing that tell you to update your account information or your account will be deleted. Usually they insert a link or a button that says, “Update Now”. Clicking this will take you to a site they control and made to look like Amazon. Since they control it, they will be able to save anything you input into it!

Please remember: If you receive a suspicious email from an online product or service you use, don’t follow the link! Always log into your account via their website. If the email is making you feel pressured to do something, especially quickly, it’s likely fake. Delete the email, do not forward it to someone.