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How To Recognize and Avoid Phishing Scams 

Attention: 9/2/2021 - This spam email was sent to one our of members.
The email went into a spam box, however, the user opened the email and then sent money to this scam address.

You should be cautious of opening emails that have been sent to your spam.
As you can see it does not even have Deborah Carlsons' email address in the scam email.
Here is email sent this morning:

Original Message
Subject: lookmwhat I found under your name...
From: "MarieFoucault-Phipps"
Date: Thu, September 2, 2021 10:41 am

Hi Deb I think I got a spam from 'you'.I copy it all below... didn't respond of course, it was in my spam box, but lately I had a lot of legitimate friends in it, so I opened it...
Marie
Hello, Are you free to assist? I'm not-available for now but I've got credence in you to take care of this for me, Glass Artists of Colorado need some gift cards for donations to Veterans at Hospice and Palliative care units for preventive items from Corona Disease (COVID- 19) due to their Vulnerability, I will be responsible for the reimbursement.
Thank You,Deb CarlsonPres
From: was roronn@drdahanacademy.we
sharespace.drdahan.com


Here are four steps you can take today to protect yourself from phishing attacks.

Four Steps To Protect Yourself From Phishing
1. Protect your computer by using security software. Set the software to update automatically so it can deal with any new security threats.

2. Protect your mobile phone by setting software to update automatically. These updates could give you critical protection against security threats.

3. Protect your accounts by using multi-factor authentication. Some accounts offer extra security by requiring two or more credentials to log in to your account. This is called multi-factor authentication. The additional credentials you need to log in to your account fall into two categories:

Something you have - like a passcode you get via an authentication app or a security key. Something you are - like a scan of your fingerprint, your retina, or your face. Multi-factor authentication makes it harder for scammers to log in to your accounts if they do get your username and password.

4. Protect your data by backing it up. Back up your data and make sure those backups aren't connected to your home network. You can copy your computer files to an external hard drive or cloud storage. Back up the data on your phone, too.

What To Do if You Suspect a Phishing Attack
If you get an email or a text message that asks you to click on a link or open an attachment, answer this question: Do I have an account with the company or know the person that contacted me?

If the answer is No, it could be a phishing scam. Go back and review the tips in How to recognize phishing and look for signs of a phishing scam. If you see them, report the message and then delete it.

If the answer is Yes, contact the company using a phone number or website you know is real. Not the information in the email. Attachments and links can install harmful malware.