Every year, millions of people fall victim to phishing scams and end up losing tens of millions of dollars a year to scammers. A phishing scam is a scam where scammers send fake emails or phone calls and try to trick the target into giving them their personal information. One of the biggest reasons why so many people are still falling for scams is how sophisticated phishing scammers make their scams. Some scammers even go as far as having a dedicated phone line to pretend to be the customer service of a bank or credit card.
Whenever you hear of someone becoming a target or a victim of a phishing scam, it is often believed that that person is elderly or they are someone who does not know English very well. But anyone can be the victim of a phishing scam.
Becoming the victim of a phishing scam can ruin your life and erase the last five years of your hard work. So here are a few important ways to protect yourself from phishing scams.
Do not click on links that are in suspicious emails.
Think about all of the online services that you enjoy. These Services could be entertainment, such as Hulu or Netflix, social media such as Instagram or LinkedIn, important online software such as Google Docs or Microsoft Office, and so on. Any website or service you use could be a potential method for phishing scammers to get ahold of your information.
Now, it is important to note that fishing scammers send out fake mass emails disguised as real emails from companies so they can get as many targets as possible. For example, let's say you receive an email from Netflix and it says that your personal account has been compromised or that it needs a new payment method. First of all, scammers don't know if the email they are sending these fake emails to is linked to a Netflix account. But many people use Netflix, so they are likely to get at least a hundred people who have a Netflix account if they send a fake email out to five thousand email addresses.
No matter what the email says, never click on any links from the email. If you think that your account could actually have this issue, then close your email and call the Netflix customer service line. Ask them if there are any issues with your account. This is the best way to protect yourself from phishing scammers.
Do not give your personal email to anyone you don't trust.
Using a temporary email whenever you sign up for a site you don't fully trust is a critical way to protect yourself. Many websites say that they never ever share their subscribers' personal information with any other website, but we know that is not true. When we put our email address out on the internet, we are sending it into a void we do not understand. So always use a temporary email when signing up to strange websites and only use your personal email when you trust the site completely.