Updated: March 25, 2021
Cybercriminals impersonate a real company to obtain your login credentials, get you to share important information, or download malware in this type of attack. You may receive an email asking you to verify your account details with a link that takes you to an imposter login screen that directly delivers your information to the attackers. Below, we break down some of the different types of phishing attacks—smishing, vishing, and harming.
Many people have fallen prey to phishing attacks – one of the most common security challenges individuals face in keeping their information secure. Cybercriminals can use email, phone calls, and other forms of communication to steal valuable data by getting access to passwords, credit cards, or additional sensitive information.
When a scammer tries to trick you into giving them your private information via a text because you believe the message is from a trusted person or company.
During a vishing call, the scammer attempts to trick victims into sharing personal information, such as account numbers, social security numbers and passwords.
Pharming is a form of online fraud in which website traffic is manipulated and confidential information is stolen.
If you answer a phone call that may seem suspicious, hang up. Look up the phone number on Google or these sites to see if the call is a scam.
Report questionable callers to the Federal Trade Commission. Call 1 (877) FTC-HELP or visit ftc.gov/complaint
If you’re concerned about your account, contact American First Finance at (855) 721-1188.