Google is issuing an important “banking warning” to billions of Gmail users – check it now and don’t let your money go missing
GOOGLE’s support site has sent Gmail users a warning about phishing emails from bank accounts that could scam you out of money.
Luckily, it also lists five tips to help you avoid falling for cybercriminal tricks.
Google explained: “Phishing is an attempt to steal personal information or break into online accounts by using deceptive emails, messages, ads, or websites that resemble websites you already use.
“For example, a phishing email could appear to be from your bank and request private information about your bank account.”
If you get a surprise email asking for financial information, that’s a red flag.
Google’s first tip is to read any alerts the tech giant sends you.
It says: “Google uses advanced security features to warn you about dangerous messages, unsafe content, or fraudulent websites.
“If you get an alert, avoid clicking links, downloading attachments, or entering personal information.”
If an email doesn’t contain a warning but contains a link or attachment that you’re not sure about, you should still not click it.
Google also advises never responding to direct email requests for private information.
You need to protect things like your bank account number, social security number, and passwords.
Never share this without being sure who you are giving the information to.
The next tip is to never enter a password after clicking a link in a message.
Google says: “If you’re signed in to an account, emails from Google won’t ask you to enter the password for that account.
“If you click on a link and are asked to enter your Gmail, Google Account, or other service password, do not enter any information; instead, go directly to the website you want to use.”
The next piece of advice is to beware of messages that try to make you act quickly, without thinking, or sound too good to be true.
If something sounds too good to be true, it probably is.
Finally, Google advises: “Stop & think before you click.”
It states: “Scammers often try to distribute unwanted software in links through emails, posts or social media messages and text messages.
“Never click on links from strangers or untrustworthy sources.”
By following these tips, you can protect yourself from bank fraud and a whole host of other malicious online activities.
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