Beware Of Phishing Emails

What is Phishing?

Phishing is a type of fraud that is designed to trick individuals into disclosing information (i.e. usernames, passwords, credit card numbers, etc.) or downloading malicious software by clicking a weblink.

Once installed, the software can then be used to gain remote access to the infected computer.

How does it work?

  • You receive an email appearing to be from a legitimate and reputable company. The email can indicate a sense of urgency or a consequence associated with not replying.
  • You’re asked to provide or update your personal or financial information by completing an online form, or by responding to the email directly, or by clicking on a website lnk included in the email. Valuable information such as account numbers and passwords are typically requested.

What you should know

Organizations you use to do business over the internet (i.e. CRA) have warnings on their website to the effect that you will not be contacted to provide personal or login information by email.

An example email would look like this:

Phishing

What you should do

Do not open it, DELETE it immediately to prevent yourself from accidentally opening the mesage in the future, and do not disclose any information or open any attachments.