In case you’re not familiar with what phishing scams are, they’re online scams that involve emails, messages, phone calls, and even websites to get information from you. The main goal is to steal money with the use of your personal information. Bank details, as well as credit card details, are the most common type of information that scammers are aiming to extract from you.
Your Information Is Being Fished By Phishing Scams
To make you more aware of how phishing scams extract information from you, here’s a list of tactics that online scammers usually use:
Click On This Link
The most common phishing scams come from emails or messages stating that the user needs to click on a link to verify their account on a social media platform or a bank. For example, a phishing email might say:
“Thank you for signing up to our website. We’re glad that you are on board. To proceed with your verification, click on this link.”
Email or message scams will usually say anything just to make you click on the link. It’s possible that the scammer might act as a big company to get you to trust the message.
You’d have to be extra cunning with this one because scammers tend to craft emails like look like the real deal. However, just as a general rule, never click on a link that you find in an email.
Is This Your Password?
Another way that phishing scams extract information from you is through a phone call. The representative would usually pretend to be from a big company. He or she would then ask for your personal information for verification. Another way that scammers do is they offer you something like fixing your computer, lower travel rates, and so on.
But, how would you know if the call is legitimate or not? Usually, when you need something from a company, you’re the one doing the calling. In most cases, phishing scammers are the ones who are calling you.
Again, as a general rule, it would be best to verify the company through a quick Google search. Also, if you are on the phone, never give out personal information as a general rule.