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Test your Phishing Knowledge


Hey kids! Let’s look at a few recent messages and see if they are scams! Test your knowledge by looking at the images below and seeing how you do!


SCAM OR NOT



Do you think this is a scam? Imagine this came in your email would you click the link?



How about this one? If you saw this in your Messenger in Facebook, would you click the link?



Finally, if you got this text, would you follow the instructions?


If you said all of these as a scam - you are correct! They all have a hint of legitimacy, but there are signs ….


Here’s the things that we can be suspicious about:




  1. Misspellings

  2. Incorrect grammar

  3. Incomplete sentences

  4. Random generic names

  5. URL that isn’t direct to the company

  6. Sense of urgency

  7. Generic “service department”

  8. Strange instructions

  9. Badly copied company logos

  10. Company names wrong

  11. Copyright info wrong

  12. Missing punctuation



If you have any doubt that an email or text is legitimate, ALWAYS remain skeptical. Go directly to the company website (using Google or another way to find the site. Do not use a alink in the questionable email/text) and see if you have a legitimate communication with customer service in your account.


If you don’t see anything and you still want to verify, call the company directly using a phone number on the legitimate company website, not in the email/text.


Some companies like Meta or Google do not have a customer service phone number to call. This is common for companies that do not sell products. It is best to assume these companies are not sending you an email about closing your account. But if you have a tech savvy friend, contact them to check for you if you want to make sure.




It would be better to risk having your account closed than to have your identity and life savings stolen. Be cautious.


Stay safe out there, friends!!



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