Phishing attacks are cybercrimes where a target or targets are contacted by email, telephone or text message by someone posing as a legitimate institution to lure individuals into providing sensitive data.
This may include personally identifiable information, banking and credit card details, and passwords. The information is then used to access important accounts and can result in identity theft and financial loss.
Phishing Attacks can come as texts, phone calls or email.
Often with phishing attacks there are a few easy ways to spot them.
If you are at all unsure do not click on any links or open any attachments.
If you suspect an email is phishing, always report it. Built in to your outlook toolbar, there is an button labelled “phriendly phishing”.
If you are unsure of whether an email is legitimate or not, clicking this button will allow the email to be vetted.
For text scams, be sure to never click any links or open any attachments. You can report a scam message via the federal government’s ScamWatch website at scamwatch.gov.au