Electronic fraud has become increasingly attractive to identity thieves because of the ease involved in committing an online fraud. Phishing, e-mail scams and computer viruses are a few ways that e-thieves can easily tap into your identity. Read below for more information on how you can safeguard yourself from potential online dangers.
- Never open attachments from unsolicited e-mails. Attachments can contain a variety of dangerous computer viruses.
- Utilize malware detecing software and virus protection software. Also, be sure to update these regularly.
- When logged in to banking or e-mail accounts, keep an eye on your ‘previously visited’ log. Check for unfamiliar dates and IP addresses.
- Do not give out any account information via e-mail. Contact the business of the account in question and alert them of the potential scam.
- When in doubt, type it out- Clicking on a link in a familiar-looking email may redirect you to a malicious site. It’s best to manually type out the link in question.
- Familiarize yourself with ‘phishing’ attempts. Look for basic grammatical errors, overly generic greetings and a threat of urgency (i.e. ‘immediate action required or your account will be closed). Read more from the FTC in regards to phishing scams.