Email is one of the easiest ways to gather account information, credit card numbers and passwords. According to Symantec, it is estimated that over 156 million phishing emails are sent daily worldwide. If only 1% of these attempts are successful, over 1.5 million accounts are put at risk.
Think before you click, here are some common phishing warning signs:
- You are asked to validate your account by clicking on a link or replying to an email with your account information.
- You are told there is a problem with your account.
- You are threatened with action to your account if you don’t respond.
- You receive an email that appears to be from a legitimate source, or even using your own name or that of an acquaintance, telling you they have control of personal, sensitive information/photos. In extortion scams they threaten to make the information public if you do not meet their demands.
Learn more about current phishing scams affecting Canadians. See if you can spot phishing by completing an online phishing test. Most importantly, delete or report suspicious emails if you suspect phishing.
* Content adapted from GetCyberSafe.ca