Avoid Scams and Phishing Attempts
We live in the Information Age. Unfortunately, not all of the information available to us is both friendly and true. The task before us is to identify the potential threats that are presented to us and avoiding any damages that might be incurred because of them. Below is a list of tips to help you to make that determination. Also, check out the US Government's recommendation on how to recognize and avoid email scams.
- Recognize that scams are spam, so the likelihood of finding scams in your spam folder is high.
- Do not trust unsolicited email.
- Do not click links in email messages.
- Do not download attachments in untrusted mail.
- Be extra cautious about downloading attachments that end in: .doc, .docx, .zip
- Be extra careful about any email the asks for money, or personal information.
- If the email is from a known sender, then there should be a method for you to verify the information.
In the event that you are unsure if the email is a scam, ALWAYS verify first before giving either money or sensitive information.
Keep in mind that scams are not only contained in email. A recent phone scam targeted Kit Carson Electric Cooperative. Information can be found in a press release here. As with email, verify authenticity before giving out money or sensitive information.
Remember that the only true defense against scams is vigilence!