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As a result, we call all expect online scam attempts. Via Daniel Markuson, digital privacy expert at NordVPN:

How to spot a phishing email or smishing SMS, according to Markuson: 

1. Check the sender’s address or telephone number. Don’t just trust the display name – pay attention to the email address, telephone number, and other sender credentials.

2. Look for spelling and grammar mistakes, design issues. Serious companies and institutions don’t usually send out emails with bad grammar; email design is usually lean and precise.

3. Don’t click on links or download attachments. If that’s an email – hover your mouse over the link to see the destination link. Check if it looks legitimate and, especially, if it contains the “https” part to indicate a secure connection. If that’s and SMS – it’s better to search for the website yourself.

4. Consider context. Were you expecting such an email or SMS? If not, it is probably suspicious, especially if the offer is too good to be true.  

5. When in doubt, contact the company or institution over the phone or alternative email address and ask to confirm if the email is legitimate.

6. If you notice something unusual – report the incident to the authorities. Raising the alarm can help not only you, but others affected by the leak as well.

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