I’m sure you’ve received plenty of emails that seemed familiar and asked you to “update your information”. Most of these emails end up in your spam inbox but a few actually do make it in your inbox. What you don’t know about these emails are that they hydra tor are attempts to scam you for your personal information – and these attempts are called “phishing scams”.

Phishing scams usually occur via email, and usually request that you change or update your information on a familiar-sounding website. These websites are usually designed to appear the way that your bank or credit card account website looks like, and they ask for your social security number, bank account number, credit cards, and even passwords.

As a definition, phishing is when someone fraudulently sends an email claiming to be a legitimate and reputable business. The intent of phishing scams is to get you to hand over your sensitive information and data so that they can steal your identity.

Phishing scams are becoming more sophisticated nowadays. Before they were easy to spot, but now con-artists are finding ways to end up in your email inbox instead of your spam folder. Even though the “from” field in the sender’s address maybe fake, the email subject line may entice you to open the email. Email subject lines such as “no subject”, “notification of payment received”, “just open”, “its me”, or “remember me?” are lines that phishers are using to entice you to open up the email.

And once you open up the email and click on the link inside, everything will appear the same. The website will look just like the legitimate site, and you will be convinced that everything is real.

Here are some tips that will help you to avoid these phishing scams so that you can remain safe and secure online.

The first thing you need to know is that phishers are criminals. They spend their waking day and night trying to devise a clever scheme to get your personal information from you. The get a thrill from it and it is an ego boost when they do succeed. To get them before they get you, review all emails carefully.

Some fraud emails actually do make it into your inbox, so you will have to be careful about what you click on. Even though the link in the email ends in “.com” and the domain name sounds legit – take a look at recent actions during the past few days and determine if this email has any relevance.

A phisher will go out of their way to make their emails seem legit, and will copy all logos and images from the real company in order to make everything seem real. Don’t fall for it. Never click on a link in emails and once you have deleted a fraudulent email, be sure to empty the trash box also. To be sure that you are on the correct website, always type in a web address instead of relying on the validity of an email.