If you’re suspicious of an email, here are a few tips:
- Never trust an email asking you to click a link or submit/confirm personal information
- Check for misspellings, grammar mistakes, or odd phrases or sentences.
- Be sure the sender’s domain (the part after the @ symbol in an email address) is either “goctc.com” or “connectctc.com”.
- Do NOT enter your username, account information, or password when asked.
If you receive a phone call from someone saying they’re from CTC, remember that we will never ask for payment over the phone, unless you initiate it and we verify that you’re an approved contact on the account. When in doubt, hang up and call us directly at 218-454-1234.
If you receive a text message from a number you don’t recognize, don’t click on any links or reply. When in doubt, simply delete the message.
If you’re ever unsure about an email, phone call, or text message that says it’s from CTC, please contact us directly at 218-454-1234 or send a separate email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
And remember… the only phishing we want you to fall for involves a boat, bobber, and bait! 🐟
The Federal Trade Commission has some helpful resources for recognizing and avoiding phishing scams. Visit www.consumer.ftc.gov to learn more.
This video from Iowa State University provides a great overview of the six most common email threats and what to look for.