How do I recognize phishing or email scams?
Some of the most common elements in a phishing or email scam are:
- You don’t know the sender
- An authentic-looking website but the website URL starts with “http” instead of “https” (the “s” stands for secure) and does not display a tiny padlock icon in the address bar
- Links or attachments you weren’t expecting
- An exciting false promise (you have won!) or an upsetting false threat or sense of urgency (your account will be closed in 24 hours!)
- A request for personal banking information, such as usernames, passwords, credit card numbers, or social insurance numbers
- A generic message that is not personalized
- Spelling and grammar errors
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Last updated February 6, 2023