Have You Received More Phishing Emails Lately?
No, you do not have to “click here to claim your stimulus check.”
I don’t know about you, but since the COVID-19 pandemic started, I’ve been noticing more and more weird emails sent to my inbox. These fishy emails are actually Phishing Scams and you need to be on the lookout for them, as it’s the most common type of cyber-attack.
According to the Federal Trade Commission, “scammers use email or text messages to trick you into giving them your personal information. They may try to steal your passwords, account numbers, or Social Security numbers. If they get that information, they could gain access to your email, bank, or other accounts.” Scammers do this by sending you an email or text that looks like it’s from a trusted source to get you to click on something and willingly provide private information. They’re sneaky, and it works.
Be vigilant and extra cautious. If you receive anything that looks suspicious, or you have the slightest doubt about it, trust your gut. Don’t click on any links or attachments and don’t provide private information.
Here is an example of one a coworker received a few weeks back. He’s kind enough to share a screenshot of it with everyone else to warn them before receiving the same message. Be more like Tim.