What is phishing?
Phishing is when criminals attempt to trick people into doing 'the wrong thing', such as clicking a link to a dodgy website.
- Phishing can be conducted via a text message, social media, or by phone, but the term 'phishing' is mainly used to describe attacks that arrive by email.
- Criminals send phishing emails to millions of people, asking for sensitive information (like bank details), or containing links to bad websites. Some phishing emails may contain viruses disguised as harmless attachments, which are activated when opened.