Avoid falling for phishing-emails!
• Do not reply on emails or pop-ups asking for personal or financial information.
• If you are not sure about the reliance of the email, check up on the contact information. Open a new internet browser session and type in the company´s web address yourself. Don´t click on any links in the email and don’t copy and paste the link from the message, it could be a fake link.
• Check that the name in the website from the email is not changed slightly. For instance spelling Microsoft as Microsofts or Mircosoft.
• Make sure your antivirus, antispyware and firewall are updated. Antivirus software scans incoming communications for troublesome files and warns you before you download harmful files. A firewall helps make you invisible on the Internet and blocks all communications from unauthorized sources.
• If the email contains errors, spelling mistakes or if the text simply does not sound good, stay away!
• Check that the sender of the email is the same as the company stated to be behind the email.
• Don’t email personal or financial information. Email is not a secure communication method. Normally proper companies as your bank would never ask you to email them your passwords or credit card number.
• Review your bank account or credit card statements every week. That gives you time to react on any unauthorized payment or transactions. If you see something suspicious, contact your bank immediately.
• Report spam and phishing-emails to FBI via Internet Fraud Complaint Center on www.ifcbi.gov. They collaborate with the authorities worldwide about closing down the phishing-websites and identifying the scammers behind. You can also report it to Anti-Phishing Working Group (an e-commerce-community) on firstname.lastname@example.org.