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What is social engineering—and how can you prevent an attack?

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Is that unusual or even slightly disconcerting email, phone call or text really from a company you trust or a government worker? If your gut tells you something is off, you could be the target of a social engineering attempt. Many cyber criminals create believable stories that trick people into doing risky things online, like clicking on bad links, sending money to someone they don’t know, or revealing personal information that can be used in other cyber crimes. This type of scamming, or social engineering, can happen through email, texts, phone calls, on social media sites, or even a combination of them all. Watch the video above to learn how to spot social engineering tactics and help keep your personal information safe.

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