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Don’t Be Fooled by the Latest Phishing Scams

Don’t Be Fooled by the Latest Phishing Scams

Email Warning Signs to Look Out For

We all know that cybercrime is on the rise. Businesses are constantly being warned about it and individuals are acting to protect their personal information. Phishing is just one part of cyber activity – it’s the term used for the fraudulent practice of luring people to websites they wouldn’t normally use. It’s usually carried out by an unsolicited email or instant message in an app. To protect yourself and your business from phishing scams, here are a few warning signs to look out for.

  • It asks for personal information

Financial institutions, reputable online retailers, and service providers do not email their customers asking for personal information. A common phishing email is one being posed as DHL, tricking the customer into entering their personal details on a fake website.

  • Hidden or misleading links

One of the hallmarks of a phishing attack is a link directing you to somewhere other than where it claims to. Get into the habit of hovering over links before you click on them. Some URLs may look valid at first glance, but use a different domain (.net instead of .come, for example) or try to catch you out with a slight variation in spelling.

  • Threatening language

Read emails and messages through carefully. Phishing emails frequently contain spelling or grammatical errors, which can be a big giveaway. Emails often contain threatening language, too, such as deactivating your account or cutting off your service.

Knowing these warning signs should help yourself and your team to avoid phishing scams. When you’re looking for the right cyber liability insurance, we can help. Contact the experts at Humble & Davenport Insurance today. Our dedicated team serves Renton and the surrounding areas in Washington — Contact us to get started!