Phishing: don’t get caught!

What is phishing?

Phishing is a form of internet fraude. It most often occurs as an e-mail appearing to be sent from a trusted authority such as a bank. On behalf of the sender being impersonated, the recipient is usually asked to check his credentials or to perform some urgent action. The mail contains a link that actually lures the recipient to a fake website. When entering them on this site the credentials of the victim are stolen, or sometimes even upon accessing the site malware is sent to your PC.

When you click on a link in a phising mail, you’ll see a website that appears trustworthy. Unfortunately, it is nothing but a way to obtain your personal data and abuse it to get access to your money of perform some other type of identity fraude.

How to recognize a phishing email?

It is often difficult to distinguish a phishing email from a legitimate message. Still, there are features that can help you recognize phishing attempts:

  • Reputable companies such as banks and credit card companies will never ask for personal information such as credit card numbers or passwords. EUR employees will never ask for your account password either!
  • Phishing email often respond to your fear of being scammed, losing an account or missing out on some opportunity
  • A phishing email is often impersonal, (eg “Dear Customer”). Beware though, a personalized e-mail can still be a fake too.

More information on phishing mail and knowledge test

Because phishing is a common problem, you can find much more information about it on the internet and test your knowledge. Reliable sources are: