3 Tips to Avoid a Phishing Scam

Those looking to steal personal information from someone will use a process called phishing. This is where the criminal will send an email to the victim asking for personal information or for them to wire money somewhere. It’s important to be cautious whenever someone asks for your information over the internet as it can be easy to get in contact with people. Here are some things you can do to ensure an email you receive is not an attempt at title theft.

Verify Information

Sometimes an email that you receive asking for personal information might seem legitimate until you look a little further. The simplest of searches could tell you that the email you received is nothing more than a scam. Before you respond to any email asking for information or action, you should look up the website of the company sending you the email. Criminals phishing for information will not set up a website. This takes time and money so if the company has a website, there is a much greater chance that you’ve been contacted by an actual company rather than someone phishing for information.

Check the Actual Email Address

When you receive an email, it likely comes up with the name of a person or company rather than an actual email address. However, if you click on the name of the person at the top of the email, you’ll see where the email was sent from. If it is a legitimate company sending you the email, it will have a business URL. The email address will likely have the business name as well as a part of the name of the person sending you the email. If the email address doesn’t have this information, you should avoid responding.

Ensure a Website is Secure

Sending any financial information over the internet can be dangerous if a website is not secure. If you’re directed from an email to a different website and asked to fill out personal or financial information, there are certain things you should do to ensure it’s secure. First, never click the link sent in the email. Manually typing in the address sent will ensure that you’re at a legitimate site. You also need to ensure that the website is secure so that nobody will steal your information. The URL of the website should start with https. The “s” stands for secure.

Identity theft is a serious problem that is made easier through the internet. Whenever someone asks you for personal or financial information over the internet, you need to make sure that it’s a legitimate request as it could be a criminal phishing for information. These tips will help to ensure that you don’t become a victim of title theft.

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