Cyber Security Five ways to avoid online scams

How to identify fake ‘phishing’ messages that come through your email.

Did you know criminals could be trying to steal digital information from you? Email continues to be the primary attack method criminals use for activity known as ‘phishing.’ These attacks attempt to trick you into thinking that you need to take action. When you click a link, respond to email or transmit personal information, you have taken the bait.

Cyber criminals work very hard to make these messages appear legitimate. Here are five ways phishing attempts try to trick you:

  • There is a tremendous sense of urgency requiring immediate action.
  • There is a generic salutation like “Dear Customer.”
  • You are asked to provide sensitive information such as your credit card number or password.
  • You receive a message from someone you know but the tone of the message sounds odd.
  • The message comes from an official organization but the “sent from” email address uses an account like @gmail.com.

As a reminder, if you have questions about the validity of an email from Orange County REMC, you can contact our office at 812-865-2229 local or 888-337-5900 toll free.

Source: SANS Security Awareness

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