DON’T FEED THE PHISH!
By John Rudy
Many of you have heard the term Phishing. And phishing works like this. You receive an email that looks like it came from a company you trust. Typically, it indicates that there is a problem with your account and asks you to click on a link to resolve it. Sometimes, it indicates that you have a gift waiting for you and asks you to click to receive it. Any time you receive an unsolicited email like this, you should be suspicious. Is it really from a site you can trust? Once you click on one of its links, it is too late. So, Message #1 is Do Not Click.
Then, look at the email address it came from. In many cases, the words after the @ do not look like those from the website you know. Let’s take a simple example. If you use PAYPAL, you know that their site is www.paypal.com. I recently received a message, purportedly from PayPal, which came from firstname.lastname@example.org. I think we can all agree that this doesn’t look as if it came from PayPal. Recently, there have been a lot of phishing attacks purportedly from Amazon and PayPal. Kim Komando has written an excellent article which should be required reading: http://www.komando.com/happening-now/382417/top-story-paypal-and-amazon-phishing-scams-spreading-now/all
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