Security Threat for South Carolina Residents – Phishing Email Scam

October 10, 2016

Officials in South Carolina are warning of a cyber security threat involving phishing emails about power outages. The email asks the recipients to click a link for updates on the outages.

If you receive a similar message from an unknown sender, do not know open it; delete the message immediately.

Following is some additional advice to help protect you from phishing scams:

  • Do not reply to an e-mail, text or pop-up message that asks for personal or financial information. 
  • Do not click on any links in an email or text message or cut and paste the link into your browser. 
  • Do not call a phone number contained in the e-mail or text.
  • Verify the validity of the communication by contacting the organization directly, with contact information that you've found in the phone book or by going to the company’s website. 
  • Use antivirus or anti-spyware software and a firewall. Make sure to update them regularly. Phishing emails may contain software that can harm your computer or track your activities on the internet.

For additional ways to reduce cyber threat to you and your family, visit PURE’s Cyber Knowledge Center.