I got phished! Well, almost. But someone did attempt to hook me.
Phishing, for those of you who don’t know, is an attempt to fraudulently acquire sensitive personal information by pretending to be a trustworthy person or business contact. Phishing can be done via email, text messaging or even by phone. Basically, it’s a scam attempt to gain access to your personal credentials in order to cheat you out of your money.
I got an email yesterday that looked like this:
In the example shown above, the website that the link brought me to was VERY authentic looking. It was looking for me to enter my web banking information… my bank card and password. I can see how the unsuspecting might be fooled into actually entering the information.
I contacted my bank, and the phishing link now no longer works.
Remember this. Your bank will NEVER send you an email requesting you to sign in. It will NEVER call you and ask you for your credit card number. It will NEVER ask you to provide your PIN, password, Social Insurance Number, or any other personal information in a communication NOT initiated by you. And if it does, refuse to do so. The balance in your bank account will thank you.