Phishing after Philippines Typhoon

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A lot of unscrupulous people have gone phishing after the Philippines typhoon. It’s quite common to see emails and websites requesting donations for bogus charitable organizations pop up soon after a natural disaster (or around the holidays). How DO these people sleep at night?

Phishing attacks use email or malicious websites to solicit information by posing as a trustworthy organization. They often suggest there is some kind of problem to create a perception of urgency in order to get personal information from someone (see an actual phishing email targeting banking customers). Email scams may contain links or attachments which may direct users to phishing or malware-laden websites (Eek!).

Don’t get hooked (Get it? He-he.). Here are a few tips to keep in mind to help keep you safe from the “phishermen”:

  • Do not trust unsolicited emails
  • Only open those email attachments that come from trusted sources and are expected
  • Delete all unwanted messages without opening them
  • Be extremely wary of email messages asking for confidential information

As always, remember that your financial institution will not ask you for account information in an email. Anyone who does is probably phishing.

 

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