Emails that create urgency and fear are usually fake. Scammers may insist that immediate action is necessary and pretend to be a friend, colleague, or another trusted entity. Don't let these tactics trick you into letting down your guard; stay calm and read the email carefully.
Phishing attacks can also occur through phone calls, texts, or instant messaging, so be aware of these other methods. It's important to be vigilant at all times and remain suspicious of sources that ask you for credentials and other personal information.
Check the security of websites where you enter sensitive data and make sure they begin with “https://”. Some browsers will display padlock symbols in the address bar.
Keep your information safe:
- Know your opponent and how to dodge their attacks
- Keep personal information out of the public eye
- Float over links and addresses to reveal the truth
- Join the fight by reporting phishing attacks
Dodge their attacks—and counter—by reporting it:
Using the bMail web interface:
- Open the message
- To the right of 'Reply' arrow, select 'More' (typically denoted with three vertical dots)
- Then 'Report phishing'
If you are unable to log into bMail forward the message to firstname.lastname@example.org