Phishing emails are scams that trick receivers into giving out personal information such as your passwords, bank account and credit card numbers. These senders often disguise themselves as a trustworthy entity in an electronic communication such as this recent one that I had received from Apple Store.
In this post, I shall relate my recent encounter and discuss how we can tackle phishing emails to avoid falling into scammers’ traps.
I was shocked and naturally upset with Jonathan but on a second thought, that can’t be true. Knowing my son, he would have probably informed me if there are any charges incurred and would have initiated to pay the bill. I don’t spoil my kid from young. Anything extra he wants, he has to pay using his own pocket money.
I looked at the email again, and there is a link to click to get my refund if I did not authorize the transaction. Now, here is the tricky part. Most innocent receivers would have panicked and clicked on the link to check immediately, and if that happens, they would have fallen into the scam by giving out their credit card details etc in order to get their refund thinking the mail is legit.
However, I messaged Jon instead and true enough, he was just as surprised. He did not purchase anything from Apple Store, and all he did was downloaded some free apps.
Now, what you do next is very important which I would like to share with you.
Steps to Identify Phishing Email and How to Protect Yourself:
Step 1: Do not click on any links if you are unsure.
Step 3: Just to be sure, check with your bank to verify the transaction. What I did was to log into my bank via internet banking to verify. Great, there was no charge from Apple Store! Do report to your bank immediately if there is any unauthorized charge.
Such scam emails are generally sent to induce panic in the reader and attempting to trick recipients into responding instantly. These emails may also leave your computer vulnerable to viruses and Trojans. Now that you have read this post, I hope you will be more vigilant and beware of fraudulent emails in the future.
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