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Is when attackers send malicious emails designed to trick people into falling for a scam. The first thing to remember is something my Grandmother told me years before phishing was a thing. “If it seems to be too good to be real, it probably is – Don’t be giving out your personal information to everyone”. My favourite is winning 5 million dollars in a contest that I didn’t enter.  Good trick if you can do it.

If you get an unexpected email like this:

• Look at the email address. Look closely – watch for things like reversed letters or double tts, .com instead of .ca

• Double-check with the person sending you their e-mail. Don’t use “reply” – type out their e-mail so it is really going to them not to the person sending you a fake e-mail.

• Wait and think it through. Go back and re-read the e-mail. If I am really in a panic, am I going to e-mail you and wait for you to check your e-mail? I don’t think so.

• Never reply to a suspicious e-mail.

• Delete the email