SINGAPORE - More people have reported phishing e-mails sent from users posing as delivery companies such as DHL, Cyber Security Agency's SingCERT (Singapore Computer Emergency Response Team) said on Friday (June 23).
Phishing is a way of obtaining sensitive information such as passwords, bank account details and credit card details from users.
Phishing e-mails are often designed to look like one sent by a legitimate website, but closer scrutiny can help spot the fakes.
SingCert gave an example of a recent phishing e-mail from "DHL", where a customer was asked to provide a receipt and address as details for a delivery were "incorrect".
The e-mail was signed off as "Customer Service, DHL Group" and repeatedly referenced the company.
Clicking on the e-mail attachment would download a malicious code to the recipient's device, infecting it with malware.
SingCert gave the following recommendations to avoid falling prey to phishing:
- Do not click on links or open attachments from unsolicited or suspicious e-mails
- Inform your ISP if you receive such suspicious e-mails
- Do not provide personal information online unless you have verified the authenticity of such requests
- Change passwords if you have unknowingly entered them into the phishing page
- Inform your bank if you have provided your banking details or credit card credentials
- If you have accidentally clicked on a link, run a virus scan immediately