Which of these phishing scams have you heard of?

If you thought phishing was just emails – think again.

Today we’re at risk of scams on many platforms. Here are the top 5 to be aware of.

Number 1: Phishing. The original. It’s where criminals send you an email, pretending to be someone else, like your bank, to try to get sensitive information.

Number 2: Spear phishing. This is similar to phishing, but the attacker’s researched you. Learning your name or address to make the scam more believable.

Number 3: Vishing. This is the voice call version. Someone’ll call you from an unknown number and pretend to be calling from a familiar company. They’ll try to check details or get you to make a payment. Hang up, and call the company they pretended to be from.

Number 4: Smishing. This is by SMS. They’re trying to get you to tap a link. Look carefully at strange text messages, and never tap the link.

And number 5: Whaling. These attacks are planned over a long time, and target someone with a high position, such as a CEO. When they work, they’re very lucrative for the criminals.

There are many more. How many have you heard of, or experienced?

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