It’s been a while since a new type of scam called phishing came to existence, but it’s a pity many still don’t know how to stop getting hooked in phishing scam. This article will focus on how to avoid scammers making use of phishing tools.
According to Wikipedia, Phishing is the fraudulent attempt to obtain sensitive information such as usernames, passwords and credit card details by disguising as a trustworthy entity in an electronic communication. Typically carried out by email spoofing or instant messaging, it often directs users to enter personal information at a fake website, the look and feel of which are identical to the legitimate site.
I believe by now you should understand what phishing is all about, if not then let’s break it down.
Phishing is the act of collecting or obtaining other people’s sensitive information fraudulently be pretending to be something that looks like original but actually fake to trick victims.
More than one third of internet scams are related to phishing or malicious emails.
The effects of phishing attacks can be daunting, so it is essential to stay safe and learn how to detect and prevent these attacks.
Phishing scam can come from Facebook, twitter, your email and other social media website, the bait is that, you’ll be offered something something great, upon clicking the link, you’ll be redirected to a website that looks exactly like the site you just visited asking you to drop your login details, after dropping your login details, your account will be hacked, thus using your account to scam all your friends, they will fall for any offer thinking it’s you.
what to do:
beware of links you click on social media, do not enter your sensitive information on sites that are not safe. always check the website you’re visiting, do not enter sensitive information on sites without green padlock. the green padlock is known as ssl, which indicates that a website is secure.
i hope the above information help you to play safe on the internet .