Phishing attacks are a common type of cybercrime that can be difficult to detect, as they often use familiar logos, fonts, and language to make them appear legitimate. To protect yourself and your organization from these attacks, it's important to be aware of the signs and to follow best practices for email security.
One important sign of a phishing email is that it may contain links or attachments that you weren't expecting. If you receive an email from someone you don't know, or from a familiar source but with a subject line or message that seems unusual or unexpected, it's best to be cautious. Don't click on any links or download any attachments from the email.
If you're not sure whether an email is legitimate, there are a few things you can do to protect yourself:
Look for a yellow banner at the top of the email that says This banner is included on all external emails to alert you to the fact that the email may not be legitimate.
Contact the sender directly (using a phone number or email address that you know to be legitimate @wcskids.net) to verify the authenticity of the email.
Check the email address of the sender. If it looks suspicious or unfamiliar, it's likely to be a phishing attack.
Look for telltale signs of a phishing attack, such as spelling errors, poor grammar, or a sense of urgency or pressure to act quickly.
Be extra cautious when you receive emails from unfamiliar sources, or from sources that you normally don't hear from.
Furthermore, here are some examples of phishing emails:
If you ever have any doubts about the legitimacy of an email, don't hesitate to reach out to IT for verification. It's also a good practice to change your password frequently to further protect yourself from cyber threats.