The holidays are upon us, and with all of the giving and sharing come scams aimed at exploiting human nature and stealing our personal information, such as names, addresses and credit card numbers. This year, the scammers are at it again, with a phishing scam designed to look like an email from Amazon.com claiming that there is a problem processing your order. The scam asks you to click on a link to verify your personal information. A good example of this scam email is described on the AARP blog.
As a reminder, here are a few tips to avoid falling victim to phishing scams.
- Never click on unfamiliar or suspicious links. If a link claims to refer to a familiar website, then manually enter the web address in the address bar.
- Hover your mouse over images & links to review the URL they refer to.
- Beware of “Unsubscribe” links in phishing emails. When clicked, these links can let the spammer know that your address is valid, which often leads to more spam.
- Never reply to spam or unsolicited messages.
For more tips on how to avoid these & other scams, click here to review our post on protecting your email privacy, and stay safe this holiday season!