‘Fishing for your identity’ or ‘phishing’ is a form of digital fraud. This occurs, amongst others through sending fraudulent links in emails. Most of the times you are asked insidiously to give your login details, or fill out your bank details or credit card details. Don’t buy it!
How well do you recognize phishing? Test your knowledge here.
These tips protect you from phishing:
Tip 1 Do not open email and especially no attachments from unknown senders. Delete suspicious email immediately – also from your Solis-mailbox.
Tip 2 Never click on links in emails. Type in the web address yourself. Then you are sure you are not directed to another website.
Tip 3 Does the www-address look unusual? Don’t use it; there is a chance you are dealing with a phishing website.
Tip 4 Mistakes in the grammar or spelling are quite common in phishing emails or on phishing websites. (They are getting better; so beware.) Stay alert.
Tip 5 Does it look like the suspicious email did come from Utrecht University? Than report it immediately to the Computer Incident Response Team (CERT) of the University.
Tip 6 Always beware when you are asked to enter your banking- or credit card details.
Tip 7 Move your mouse over the www-address in de email to check if it is correct.