Phishing is a rising problem on the internet.

What is phishing? phishing is a scam in which the attacker sends an email or makes a website asking for personal information that they can have. For example, credit card number, social security numbers, addresses, bank information.

How to Know-

It is easy to uncover a crude phishing scam. For example, if you get an email from a bank you’ve never opened an account at, then don’t follow the link and enter your personal information. Now, if you actually have an account at the institution it gets more interesting. You’ll want to look at the message carefully to see if it is a phishing scam. Are words misspelled? Sometimes scammers give themselves away by using poor grammar. You should also examine the link provided. Does it really go where it appears to go? For example, I could tell you that I’m giving you access to the government’s Top Secret Database at but if you click the link you’ll find that you’ve been directed to a different site. The best way to prevent this is to copy and paste the link (don’t click it) to your address bar. However, you can still get tricked by URL’s that look legitimate but have one or two letters switched.

7 Signs of a scam-
- You don't know the person who has sent you the message.
- You are promised untold sums of money for little or no effort on your part.
- You are asked to provide money up front for questionable activities, a processing fee, or to pay the cost of expediting the process.-
- You are asked to provide your bank account number or other personal financial information, even if the sender offers to deposit money into it.
- The request contains a sense of urgency.
- The sender repeatedly requests confidentiality.
- The sender offers to send you photocopies of government certificates, banking information, or other "evidence" that their activity is legitimate.