The security experts at Norton are warning about phishing scams targeting your online accounts. They say the results of a new study shows an alarming trend targeting folks with fake warnings that their accounts have been compromised.
The crooks issue a warning that your account has been compromised. That alert could arrive via message, email, or text. I’ve received several of these scams in texts recently. They generally warn of suspicious activity and say that your account has been or will be deactivated unless you do something immediately.
If it’s a banking site or an account that involves financial transactions, people are often fooled into entering credit card, banking, and other personal information.
If you receive a notice like this and are concerned it might be the real thing, here’s what to do. DO NOT CLICK on the link provided.
Open a separate browser window and head over to the page for your actual account. If there’s an issue, you’ll be able to see it. Odds are, you’ll be able to log in as usual.
And don’t worry, the vast majority of these crooks don’t have any of your information. You’re just being randomly targeted by a program that sends out millions of messages like this a day.