Have you ever received an email or text that somehow just feels wrong? Maybe it was addressed to you and claimed to be from a company you knew, but something didn’t seem right. Chances are, it was a phishing scam.
In phishing, fraudsters send an email that appears to be from a legitimate business inviting you to click a link. This link takes you to a fake website where you may be tricked into entering personal information, such as passwords or credit card details. Once the scammers have this information, they can use your accounts — or even open new ones in your name.
Think before you link: If you receive an unexpected email or text from a company, don't click any links. Instead, contact the company's customer service department to verify the communication. Use contact information from the company's website — not the suspicious email or text.
Look for misspelledhorte or sned domains: Scammers may use a web address that's off by a single character or shorten a link — making it hard to verify.
Be cautious with email links: Make it a habit to hover over a link to see the full web address before clicking it.
Beware of social media phishing: Always be cautious of links shared by someone you don't know. If a message from a family member or friend seems unusual, their account could have been compromised — contact them directly to be sure.
Scammers continually find new ways to trick even the smartest digital natives. If you fall victim to a phishing scam, don't be embarrassed. Report it to the companies where the fraud occurred, freeze your accounts with them — and alert TransUnion Kenya immediately to protect your data.
Learn more, get a free credit report and protect your private information with TransUnion Nipashe today.