How to Avoid Internet Phishing Scams

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On Monday, I was invited onto HLN to discuss a recent flurry of phishing attacks using emails that looked like they were coming from LinkedIn. These new attacks are called spear phishing because they a) target people working at specific corporations, and b) look like viable emails from organizations like LinkedIn, eBay, Facebook or others.

How can you protect yourself? That’s the question I answered in the HLN interview that can be seen below. In a nutshell, the easiest way to protect yourself is to only respond to messages from within your password-protected account. In other words, if there’s any doubt about the validity of the contact, then login to LinkedIn, eBay, Facebook, etc., and check your messages tab from there. Don’t respond directly.

And, of course, don’t ever give anybody sensitive information such as passwords or social security numbers via email — that’s a big no-no.

If you’re interested in this topic, watch the short segment from my HLN interview below. Or, watch it on our YouTube channel.

Posted by Jamie Turner, Founder of the 60 Second Marketer and co-author of “How to Make Money with Social Media” and “Go Mobile.He is also a popular marketing speaker at events, trade shows and corporations around the globe.

 

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