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.