Saint Andrew Bay Quilters Guild

Understanding Email Scams: Spoofing vs. Hacked Accounts

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Dear Members,

It’s essential to be aware of the different ways cybercriminals target our email accounts. Here’s a simple guide to help you spot and handle email scams effectively:

Spoofing:

    • Spoofed emails mimic messages from trusted sources like banks or government agencies. They often ask for personal information or urge you to click on suspicious links.

    • Even though the sender’s email address may seem legitimate, these emails usually contain red flags, such as unusual requests or spelling mistakes.

    Hacked Accounts:

      • Hacked accounts occur when cybercriminals gain unauthorized access to someone’s email. They use these accounts to send emails that appear to be from a trusted source, like a friend or colleague.

      • Because these emails come from real accounts, they can seem more trustworthy. However, they may still ask for sensitive information or try to trick you into taking harmful actions.

      Differentiating and Responding:

        • Be cautious when you receive unexpected emails, especially if they ask for personal information or urge you to click on links.

        • Take a moment to carefully examine the email. Look for any signs that it might not be genuine, such as strange requests or grammatical errors.

        • If you’re unsure about an email’s legitimacy, consider reaching out to the supposed sender directly through a trusted means, like a phone call or official website.

        • Always report any suspected phishing attempts or compromised accounts to our guild’s President and designated cybersecurity personnel. Your vigilance helps keep our community safe from online threats.

         

        By staying informed and alert, we can protect ourselves and our guild from falling victim to email scams.

        More Security Information

        How to Recognize and Avoid Phishing Scams

        Consumer Advice from the Federal Trade Commission.

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