Phishing is the act of sending an email and falsely claiming that it is from a legitimate business.
The message, often directing you to a website that looks like that business’s legitimate website, will ask for your personal information (passwords, credit card information, social insurance, or bank account numbers).
However, the true intent is to gather personal information with the intent to fraudulently use this information.
Due to the nature of the Internet, scams, viruses and other such activity are very difficult to stop and will continue to be a reality for all email users, whoever their service provider may be.
SaskTel will be proactively resetting the password for affected email accounts to secure the email account of customers who have been hit by this phishing attack.
SaskTel says roughly 1,000 customers have been affected.
SaskTel says other good practices when using email are:
- NEVER give out any personal information
- Do not reply to suspicious messages
- Do not visit any websites suspicious messages link to
- Delete any suspicious email immediately
As well, if you do receive a phishing email, you may report it.