Fraud is deceiving to gain financially or personally. Cyber criminals are committing fraud using phishing, vishing, and counterfeit websites.
- Phishing is the use of email to pose as a legitimate business. Using compromised or spoofed emails to lure users to counterfeit websites tricking them into giving up account or financial information.
- Vishing, or voice phishing, is using a phone call to pose as a legitimate business. They can spoof their number to appear to fool the caller into giving up their money.
- Counterfeit websites are used to get a person’s account information to a given website or credit card numbers as they enter the information for a purchase.
Both phishing emails and counterfeit could have the following traits giving away that they are fake:
- Bad grammar – Criminals tend to be from foreign countries where English is not their first language.
- Blurry images – Images used may be taken from other websites and not sized properly causing them to appear blurry.
- Weird URL Links – check the link before clicking on where it goes to. It may say Apple.com but really lead you to another website, in this case the UHWO IT Website. By mousing over or holding down the link on a mobile device will show you the destination link.
Vishing and robocalls could also be used to collect data or even your voice.
- Do not download any attachments or files you were not expecting. Even if it is from somebody you know, they may have been hacked and are now being used to get even more people compromised.
- When visiting websites, check the URL (www address) and make sure that you typed in the address correctly.
- Do not answer phone calls from numbers you do not know.
- If the other party says they are trying for verify your information from a certain company, personally contact the company directly and do not submit any information verbally or digitally beforehand.