Scammers are getting really good at making legitimate-looking phishing emails. But accidentally clicking a link could result in identity theft, destruction of your data, stolen credentials or severe virus infection that will cost you thousands of dollars. Jake discusses ways to identify phishing emails and the methods to avoid getting them in the first place.
Phishing emails will come from a wide variety of sources with which you are familiar: FedEx, UPS, IRS, FBI, and even your Xerox scanner. The scammers are looking to steal your credentials to use in identity theft or hijack your email and social media accounts to further their scams. Clicking on any of the links in these emails may also infect your computer with viruses which can encrypt all your data and hold it for ransom. The ransom can be very expensive; recently, a hospital had to pay a ransom of $17,000 to recover their data from the cyber-crooks.
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