What is Phishing
The term Phishing is termed as illegal attempt to acquire sensitive information such as usernames, passwords and credit card details or often used for malicious reasons. Phishing emails, websites and phone calls are designed to steal money. Cybercriminals can do this by loading malicious software on your PC or stealing some personal information of your computer. Cybercriminals may also use social engineering to convince you to install malicious software or hand over your personal information under false pretenses. They might email you or convince you to download something off of a website.
How does Phishing email look like?
Here are few steps of what phishing scam in an email message look like
Spelling and poor grammar – Cybercriminals are not familiar for their grammar and spelling. Professional companies or groups usually have a staff of copy editors that will not allow a mass email like this to go out to its users. If you notice any mistakes in an email, it can be a scam.
Aware of links in email – If you observe a link in a suspicious email message, please don’t click on it. Rest your mouse on the link to see if the address matches the link that was typed in the message.
Threats – Have you ever got a threat that your account would be closed if you didn’t respond to an email message? The email message shown above is a perfect example of the same trick. Cybercriminals frequently use threats that your security has been compromised.
Spoofing popular websites – Scam artists use graphics in email that appear to be connected to legitimate websites but in reality take you to phony scam sites or legitimate-looking pop-up windows.
Tips to be Careful Phone calls
Cybercriminals can call you on the phone and suggest to solve your computer problems or can sell you a software license. Neither Microsoft nor our partners make fake phone calls to charge you for computer security or software fixes.
Once they gained your trust, cybercriminals may ask for your user name and password or ask you to go to a website to install software that will let them access your computer to fix it and if you do this, your computer and your personal information is vulnerable.
How to Report Phishing Scams
If you get a fake call, note down the caller’s information and report it to your local authorities. At the time when you receive a phone call or saw a pop-up window on your computer and sense uncertain whether it is from someone at Microsoft or any other, don’t take the chance. Proceed directly to technical support experts that are dedicated to help you or you can simply call on one of customer care service phone numbers for people located around the world.