You may receive e-mails that look like they come from a recognized payments network or Banks, but they are falsified. These e-mails may direct you to a website that looks similar to the Bank website; you might even be asked to provide account information such as your e-mail address and password combination.They would tempt you to login to the website using your account number and password to buy a gadget which you presume you will get it. Further they steal your sensitive login or payment information which is then used to commit fraud.
Phishing emails most of the times contains potential viruses or malwares.
Lets see how we can protect ourselves from these:
We recommend you to install an anti-virus and keep it updated always. This would help your computer and so will it help you from internet viruses.
2.Do Not Provide Personal Information over the Email.
You should not provide personal information such as the following in an e-mail:
Your full or partial social security number or tax identification number
Your date of birth
Your credit card number, PIN, or credit card security code (including “updates” to any of the above)
No Bank will ask you to send these details in a email.
3.Don’t Open Attachments in suspicious e-mails
We recommend that you do not open any e-mail attachments from suspicious or unknown sources. E-mail attachments can contain viruses that can infect your computer when the attachment is opened or accessed. Do not open it for gods sake.
4.Check the return address
While phishers can send forged e-mail to make it look like it came from your Bank, you can sometimes determine whether or not it’s authentic by checking the return address.
your bank will not send you a email using firstname.lastname@example.org. Beware of these adresses.
5.Protect your account information
If you did click the link by mistake , immediatly go and change your password of your online banking.
or If you submitted your credit card number, report it to your bank’s 24/7 help center.
Hope this helps.Well, did you experience such emails in the past. If yes, do let us know your experience in the comment section below.
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