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Phishing

KB142 Last reviewed 27 November 2013
Information about Phishing including what its and how to protect yourself and others from phishing scams.

What is Phishing?

Phishing is essentially an electronic confidence trick (a "con") whereby scammers attempt to illegally obtain sensitive or personal data from unsuspecting receipients.

Scammers send out millions of phishing messages at a time attempting to trick recipients into revealing sensitive information like password, credit card or bank details. These messages often contain links to what look like legitimate addresses, but may actually point elsewhere.

Often, these message masquerade as being sent by a legitimate company, organisation or authority. Many of these message can look very authentic often mimicking the corporate style of the legitimate organisations.

Steps to avoid Phishing

  1. No credible company, organisation or governmental authority should ever ask you to supply confidential or sensitive information by e-mail.
  2. If you receive a message from an organisation, person or persons that you have never heard of, be suspicious
  3. If you receive a message from an organisation that you've never had any dealings with (e.g. a Bank you've never had an account with), be suspicious.
  4. Calzada Media will never ask you to verify personal information, usernames, passwords or payment details by e-mail

If you receive a phishing message claiming to be from Calzada Media, please forward the full e-mail to abuse@calzadamedia.com immediately and we'll investigate at once.

Lastly, AntiVirus, Security or Spam filters do not provide complete protection against phishing. Your best protection is common sense.

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