Tip of the Week: Don’t Fall for Phishing Schemes

As the onslaught of phishing emails (emails that look legitimate but are actually “fishing” for personal confidential information) continue unabated, we regularly remind folks to stay on the look out. And remember, just because your spam filter didn’t catch a sneaky email, doesn’t mean it’s harmless.

Could you tell if an email message requesting personal information was legitimate? In most cases you can trust your instincts (if an email message looks suspicious, it probably is). However there are some messages that look like the real thing but aren’t. If an email message contains any of the following phrases, there’s a good chance it could be a phishing scheme:

  1. We need to verify your account information.
  2. If you don’t respond immediately, your account will be cancelled.
  3. Click the link below to update your information.

Take the following Phishing Quizzes and see how good you are at identifying phishing schemes.

•    Washington Post Phishing Test
•    Sonic Wall Phishing Quiz

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