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Five things you can do to spot and avoid email scams

At WH Security, we help you protect what matters most, which is why we are sharing these tips to help you spot and avoid email scams. 

At WH Security, we help you protect what matters most, which is why we are sharing these tips to help you spot and avoid email scams.

  1. Spot impostors. Scammers often pretend to be someone you trust. Like a government official, a family member, a charity or a company you do business with. Make sure to check the “From” email address, not just the senders name.
  2. Check the “To” field. Look in the “To” field of an email that you question. If it is being sent to dozens of people you don’t know, it probably isn’t legit.
  3. Check links. Links in an email might look legit, but make sure to inspect them before clicking. The visible link may be a URL you know, but the actual link coded in the HTML will take the user to the bogus site.
  4. Don’t email personal information. Most banks have policies against asking for account information in emails. Be skeptical of any email asking for these things. If you’re not sure, call your bank directly at their main phone number and ask.
  5. Don’t open attachments. Technology makes it easy for scammers to fake information, so the name you see isn’t always real. If someone emails you asking for personal information with an attached file they want you to review, delete the email. Opening an attachment could infect your computer with a virus. If you think the email might be legit, call the sender and ask them if they have sent it so you know it is genuine. 

Safety is a top priority at WH Security and we hope these tips will help keep your identity and finances safe. If you spot a scam, please report it to the FTC at 1.877.FTC.HELP or online at ftc.gov/complaint

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