Phishing refers to scam emails, calls, or messages that try to trick you into sharing personal or financial information. Often scammers do this by impersonating a brand and trying to get you to take urgent action by clicking on a link or opening an attachment. If something about a text seems odd to you, the best thing you can do is pause, take a minute, and come back to it with fresh eyes.
Some practical things to look out for are:
- incorrect spelling and grammar.
- strange links that don’t look like legitimate websites.
- vague or unspecific details, and
- the use of urgent language or threats/consequences if you don’t take immediate action.