A few weeks back, we shared some information about "The Phish That Got Away" to expose some of the tricks phishing scams use to wreak havoc with your data and devices. We are going to spend the next couple of weeks exploring phishing further to raise awareness of how scammers operate as they try to steal your data and attack your machines with viruses and malware. It only takes one person clicking on a link or responding to an email to set off a chain reaction that can impact our district, your personal contacts, and even grant scammers access to your most valuable information.
Each week we will offer additional tips to avoid being caught by a phishing scam along with a quiz to test your knowledge of phishing tactics and techniques scammers use to "bait the hook." Please take the time to complete the quiz and view your results
to reduce the risk of falling victim to these email and phishing scams. All the information shared each week is also posted on our district website
for reference later. "Don't Take the Bait!"
DOs and DON'Ts to protect against email and phishing scams
- DON'T send passwords or any sensitive information over email
- DON'T click on "verify your account" or "login" links in any email
- DON'T reply to, click on links, or open attachments in spam or suspicious email
- DON'T call the number in an unsolicited email or give sensitive data to a caller
- DO report impersonated or suspect email
- DO be cautious about opening attachments, even from trusted senders
- DO make sure you have anti-virus and firewall programs installed
- DO check financial statements and credit reports regularly