While parents work from home and children learn online, cybercriminals also stay home to look for more victims. Scammers have capitalized on the pandemic to target more victims to collect their personal information and eventually steal from them. By employing phishing methods, these internet bad guys use devious techniques to entice users to click or engage with cleverly disguised emails and other forms of communication.

Phishing is a practice of communicating via email, call, or a message where the sender pretends to be someone you know or someone from a reputable company or your bank asking you to act on an urgent request or claim a reward immediately. The purpose of phishing is to get your sensitive details such as passwords, debit and credit card numbers, mobile numbers and other personal information that could be used against you in the future. It could also trick you into clicking on a malicious link that would download malware to your computer. Once fraudsters have your information they can even take over your online account or mobile number via a SIM swap scam to make sure they can control your transactions.

In January 2021, Google has registered 2,145,013 phishing sites, 27% more than the 1,690,000 recorded in January 2020. Scammers use these phishing sites to create fake pages of banks, social media platforms, and other online services that need login and password access.

When you get an unsolicited call, message, or email, you need to check the source…

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