Beware phishing emails aimed at business owners
JACKSON (WNE) — Be on guard about phishing “Business Membership” emails, warns the town of Jackson.
According to a Feb. 3 press release, the town has been contacted regarding suspicious emails about “Business-Holders Memberships.”
“These are spam, phishing emails attempting to get community members to share personal information,” the press release said. “If you receive one of these emails do not respond.”
“Unfortunately, over the past few years we have been seeing more and more of these phishing schemes misrepresenting themselves as the Town of Jackson,” the press release said. “When we are made aware of these campaigns, we work with our Police Department to the extent possible and do our best to educate community members about keeping themselves and their private information safe online.”
The town offered tips on how to determine if an email is legitimate:
• Tone, grammar, and urgency: Read the email to see if these seem off.
• If you weren’t expecting it, don’t open it. If you think it’s from a known contact of
yours but aren’t sure, send a message via other means — like text or phone —
to see if it’s genuine.
• Look for inconsistencies in email addresses, links, or domain names.
• Never reply to suspicious emails.