Phishing can be tracked back to the early 1990s via American Online or AOL by a credit card scam - a group of hackers called “The warez community” - they were the first phishers.There is a new phishing message that’s been surfacing this festive season where hackers are turning into leading eCommercebrands such as Flipkart, claiming to sell popular smart phones form Samsung, Vivo, Oppo and others for just 399.By clicking on the link, you would be directed to amirror copy of Flipkart.When accessed through a smart phone, you can easily be deceived.The same is happening to Amazon Prime members where an email saying that their Amazon account has been locked and to unlock it the user has to login through the link given in the mail.And, by doing so, your details are jeopardized. All these offers and discounts are used to lure gullible users and steal login details and sometimes even the banking details, the moment one logs in!

Want to protect yourself form phishing scams like this?You could follow some simple steps so that you could be safe online.

  • Check the URL which reads as “ishops(dot)xyz” official website will not add extra words to their domain name.
  • Legitimate organizations won’t send you emails that ends with @gmail.com, @yahoo. They have their own email domains and organization accounts.
  • Fake mails and messages mostly will be miss spelled and the contents will be written poorly with grammatical errors.
  • They always have a link or file that you must download which are actually malicious files that corrupt your system.
  • The mails or messages have a sense of urgency or emergency so that people would act fast - don’t fall for it!
  • A legal organization will not ask sensitive information through mails and phone calls.

Taking all the safetymeasures doesn’t guarantee that you would be safe on the internet. Its always best to check, double check before giving out sensitive information in the world where everything is connected through a technology called internet.