The way phishing scams work is a scammer will send out an e-mail or instant message disguising themselves as a legitimate organization and request your personal information. The only way that this type of scam will work is if you willingly give the scammer your information.
So how do you avoid falling into this trap?
If you receive an e-mail or instant message which requires your personal information, do not respond. Instead contact the organization directly.
If a link is provided in an e-mail or instant message requesting your personal information, do not click on the link. The link that was provided could take you to a fake mirror site. These sites are designed to look like the official site and are used to record and fraudulently use your personal information.
- Delete e-mails that come from unknown sources.