SAN FRANCISCO, March 1, 2012 /PRNewswire/ — Phishing attacks are on the rise. In 2011 phishing attempts jumped 37 percent compared to 2010. And these attacks can be costly. According to RSA, phishing attacks resulted in an average of $4,500 in stolen funds per attack. In time for National Consumer Protection Week coming up March 4 -10, 2012 Visa offers the following advice for consumers to avoid getting caught by the phishing hook.
Top 5 tips to avoid email phishing scams:
- Consider all email requests for personal or payment information to be suspicious.
- Be cautious about clicking on links in unsolicited email that you receive.
- Check the legitimacy of any email inquiry requesting your personal or payment information by looking up the company’s phone number separately and calling to verify the request.
- Watch for typos and bad grammar. These are warning signals that an email may be fraudulent.
- Use spam blockers and keep your anti-virus software up to date
Think you know how to catch a phish? Visit http://www.visasecuritysense.com/en_US/phishing-attack.jsp for an interactive example.