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Phishing Scams and How to Avoid Them

Just when I think I know what to look for another email scam or phishing scam comes along.  Here is some infoon Phishing Scams and How to Avoid Them.

 

What are phishing scams and how can I avoid them?


Phishing explained

Phishing scams are fraudulent email or social media messages appearing to come from legitimate companies (e.g., Lyon Real Estate, Docusign, your school, your Internet service provider, your bank, etc). These messages usually direct you to a spoofed web site that looks legit to divulge private information (e.g., password, credit card, or other account information). The perpetrators then use this private information to commit identity theft and use your accounts as a conduit to attack others from your contact list.

One type of phishing attempt is an email message stating that you are receiving it due to fraudulent activity on your account, and asking you to "click here" to verify your information. 

These scams attempt to trick recipients into responding or clicking immediately, by claiming they will lose something (e.g., deal, email, bank account). Such a claim is always indicative of a phishing scam, as responsible companies and organizations will never take these types of actions via email.

Avoiding phishing scams

Lyon Real Estate and other reputable organizations will never use email to request that you reply with your password, Social Security number, or confidential personal information. Be suspicious of any email message that asks you to enter or verify personal information, through a web site or by replying to the message itself. Never reply to or click the links in a message.   

Phishing messages often contain clickable images that look legitimate... hover your mouse over the image or link and the URL (web address) will show in the bottom of the left corner of your browser.

 

If I receive an email from someone I know but am still skeptical, I'll email the person directly.  It's  a shame that we have to be so leary but we do!

 

 

DeeDee

 

DeeDee Riley - El Dorado Hills Realtor - Lyon Real Estate - CABRE#01499004

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Comment balloon 3 commentsDeeDee Riley • October 04 2014 11:40AM

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DeeDee Riley - My contacts were plagued by this a few months ago. The email used my name but the email itself (try to "forward" the message and you will see what it is, otherwise it just keeps having your name) was not mine. I narrowed the breach down to my yahoo account and deleted it. I still get emails from a whole bunch of people that are in and out of my contact list.  I've narrowed it down to Facebook, every time I go in there, it triggers several emails to me. 

Posted by Hella M. Rothwell, Broker/Realtor®, Rothwell Realty Inc. CA#01968433 Carmel-by-the-Sea about 4 years ago

Hi Dee Dee,,fantastic advice....thanks for sharing with us in Ar Land.

Posted by Ronald DiLalla, No. Orange Cty Real Estate (Century 21 Discovery DRE 01813824) about 4 years ago

I would never provide any of my personal information through the internet, even if it was with a legitimate business.

Posted by Troy Erickson, Your Chandler, Ahwatukee, and East Valley Realtor (Diverse Solutions Realty www.ChandlerRealEstate.weebly.com) about 4 years ago

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