Don't Get Hooked by Phishing Emails


Don’t Get Hooked!!!

 The phisherman

One of the most popular methods used by cyber criminals is called “phishing”.  What is Phishing - Phishing is a scam typically carried out by an unsolicited email, telephone call, text message and/or website that poses as a legitimate site and lures unsuspecting victims to provide personal, business and financial information. The purpose of the Phishing email, text, website or telephone call is to acquire sensitive information such as passwords, user names and financial information.

The following is an actual “phishing” email received by several Baltimore City Employees in 2016:

From: John Doe <[email protected]>
Date: September 30, 2016 at 4:17:16 AM EDT
To: j[email protected]" <[email protected]>
Subject: Re-Activation Email Account

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When in doubt, throw it out: Links in email and online posts are often the way cybercriminals compromise your computer. If it looks suspicious – even if you know the source – it’s best to delete. If you feel the email is legitimate contact the company directly via phone.

Think before you act: Be wary of communications that implore you to act immediately, offer something that sounds too good to be true, or ask for personal information.

Install and update anti-virus software. Make sure all of your computers are equipped with regularly updated antivirus software, firewalls, email filters, and anti-spyware.

Be wary of hyperlinks: Avoid clicking on hyperlinks in emails; type the URL directly

In to the address bar instead. If you choose to click on a link, ensure it is authentic before clicking on it. You can check a hyperlinked word or URL by hovering the cursor over it to reveal the full address.


The Internet is a shared resource and securing it is Our Shared Responsibility. Our Shared Responsibility is the theme for National Cyber Security Awareness Month 2016. - Visit:

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