You receive an email with an important message from (what appears to be) your bank, credit card company, email provider, or somewhere else you have an online account. The email urges you to click on a link in the email to check the status of your account or take some other action.
This looks like a "phishing" attack. What should you do?
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If you get an urgent-sounding email with a link to check on the status of an account or a file to download, the sender is probably a scammer. Don't click the link or download the file. The file is probably a dangerous virus or other malware.
The link would probably take you to the scammer's website that looks like a legitimate login screen. If you enter your username and password, the scammer will use that to log in to your actual account and steal your money. Or, the scammer will use the information in that account to do damage to you somewhere else.
If you are concerned about your account, it's safer to type the web address of the actual account and login normally.
No matter how many times you instruct employees not to click on such links, they might do so anyway.
A recent study found that more than 25% of executives and others high up in corporations had been compromised by phishing attacks in only 12 months. Two-thirds of IT professionals also reported that their antispam programs cannot keep up with relentless phishing attacks and they don't know if employee training programs are working.[FN1]
So, it's especially important to block phishing attacks, not just train people about them. They are too dangerous.
Regular phishing scams are usually addressed to "Dear Customer", or something like that. However, sometimes you'll get an email that is addressed to you by name that otherwise looks like a phishing scam (urgent message, link to login, etc.)
It's probably a "spear phishing" attack, which is a phishing attack sent to someone whose name the scammer knows (probably from an earlier phishing attack). Once again, don't click on the link!