Experts say 1.4 million phishing scams are created a day. With such an alarming rate, computer experts point out what to look out for.
Phishing scams are ways to get personal information by pretending to be a reputable source
“It’s made to look like the real website but in reality when you enter you’re credentials, you’re giving someone else your information, not the actual website,” Aaron Bumbarger, a technician at The Computer Clinic said.
Phishing scams can be all around us in the websites that we use on a day to day basis. Here’s a prime example. This is the fake one, while this is the real one. And one of the ways you can tell is usually by the URLs.
“If it says something weird or there are too many characters or if it’s too long then most of the time it’s not the right website,” Bumbarger said.
Beware there are different kinds, like malicious, CEO or the ones you get via email. If you come across one, technicians say the best thing to do is avoid it.
“Get away from the website. There are website that can tell you if you are not 100 percent sure,” Bumbarger said.
But if you end up falling victim, technicians say the best thing to do is let the actual provider know right away.
“If it was a PayPal scam, contact PayPal. Get your password changed. Get your personal information changed. That type of stuff. That’s the best way to go through it,” Bumbarger said.