How to Spot Phishy Scam Emails

Email is a wonderful tool.  It helps us keep in touch with friends, communicate quickly with coworkers, and receive messaging from businesses we interact with (like banks, service providers, and even coupon services!).We share our email address with people and companies we trust, and as a result, our instinct is to trust every message that hits our inbox.

However, the sad reality is that, much like our physical mailing addresses, entities we do not provide our info to can send things to us…and sometimes these emails can be malicious.  These emails are called “phishing” or just simply “scam” emails, and should be avoided.

This list outlines ten simple ways to spot these emails.  It’s a quick and easy way to learn how to protect yourself.

Should I Click on This?

According to a 2009 study conducted by cNet News the average American spends approximately thirteen hours online each week. (Link) Most of our browsing is safe; opening an email, refreshing a website, and viewing search results. On the other hand, we know not to click on that link to help out an oppressed prince from a foreign country, the personal email from Bill Gates, or the chat invite from CuteBikerGal227.

What about the things we find online that fall between what we know is safe and know to be dangerous? Continue reading

The Epsilon Breach and How It May Affect You

Advertising firm Epsilon recently was the victim of a cyber attack. The company has reported that their mailing lists may have been compromised in this attack. Meaning criminals may now have access to millions of personal email addresses and what companies they do business with. Continue reading

Reminder: Beware of IRS Phisher Emails and Websites During Tax Season

Cyber criminals are always looking for new ways to target and exploit unsuspecting victims. Some criminals use phishers which are fraudulent web sites or emails that trick unsuspecting victims into providing sensitive financial information. Each year during tax season, be on the lookout for unusual emails that appear to be from the IRS.
Find out more about IRS Phishers here.