Phishing

Phishing scams are social engineering attacks and are one of the most prevalent, and dangerous, types of cybercrime that individuals and organizations around the world are currently facing.  

 

Phishing is a term that originated in the 1990s and alludes to attackers using online lures to “fish” for users’ sensitive information.

In a phishing scam, a target or targets are contacted by email, telephone or text message by someone posing as a legitimate institution to lure individuals into providing sensitive data such as personally identifiable information, banking and credit card details, and passwords.

Below is a sample phishing email.  Click on the various i icons to learn about the signs you can detect to help you determine if an email is a potential scam.