6 tips on how to protect yourself from fake websites and phishing

Avoid performing online banking using computers in public areas such as cybercafes. PHOTO: THE NEW PAPER

SINGAPORE - An imposter website of the Central Provident Fund and three fake websites of the Immigration and Checkpoints Authority have been reported this week.

The Cyber Security Agency acted to have the fake websites removed when they came to its attention.

Here are six tips on how to protect yourself from getting scammed by fake websites and phishing, which involves the use of fake e-mail messages and lookalike websites to deceive respondents into entering personal information.

1. Do not click on any link to log on to bank websites or open attachments in e-mail purportedly sent to you by your bank, credit card company or service provider, and provide any personal information. Such links may also lead to websites that will infect your computer with malicious software that steals personal information from your system.

2. Rather than just clicking on the link provided in the e-mail, type the URL into your Web browser yourself or use a bookmark you previously created. Even though a URL in an e-mail may look like the real deal, fraudsters can mask the true destination.

3. Do check your bank's website for more information on Internet security. In the event that you think you have become a victim of a phishing scam, contact your bank immediately.

4. Always check your credit card and bank account statements for any suspicious or unauthorised transactions. If you detect anything unusual, contact your bank immediately.

5. Install firewall, anti-virus and anti-spyware in your computer and update them regularly.

6. Avoid performing online banking using computers in public areas such as cybercafes.

Source: Monetary Authority of Singapore and Media Literacy Council

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