you’ve probably seen it you receive an email from your or trusted company and its asking you for information it looks real but it’s designed to fool you into handing over important information this is a scam called fishing and you need to avoid it most of us have gotten used to doing business online we buy and sell things we have accounts with sensitive information the risk of doing business online as low as long as you deal directly with organizations you trust problems occur when criminals impersonate these organizations and fool you into handing over sensitive information like account numbers passwords and pin numbers the key to avoiding the scam is awareness here’s one example you receive an email that looks like a trustworthy message from a bank it asks you to click a link to verify information you assume it’s legit so you click the link and log into what appears to be your bank’s website at this point the scan is complete you’ve handed over your bank password to the crooks who can use it to take your money boo they were able to fool you by impersonating the bank’s website there are a few keys to detecting phishing emails they often try to scare you by saying your account has been accessed or security has been compromised they also insist that you click a link to verify information or fill out a form do not click links or fill out forms and suspicious emails the email may also have misspellings and call you something like valued customer the crooks don’t know your name remember phishing emails may use the exact same logos phone numbers and addresses that appear on your statements or bills always be suspicious of an email that asks for your information no exceptions if you receive a phishing email stay calm there’s no risk to receiving it just delete it you can also save the report it by forwarding it to report fishing at anti-phishing gorg or spam at UC e dot gov an email does lead you to a suspicious website remember to look at the web address the address in your browser should look familiar if you suspect the criminals have your information immediately contact organizations where you have accounts to protect yourself in the long run you might also consider anti-phishing software further check your online accounts and credit reports regularly and quickly report anything that is out of place phishing scams are a growing threat on the internet by being aware of the scam you can feel confident and working with companies online yeah