How do phishing emails try to steal your information?/ How do cybercriminals use email phishing attacks to breach your data?

Phishing emails aim to steal personal information by tricking recipients into providing it willingly. They often contain malicious links or attachments that, when clicked, direct the user to a phishing website or install malware or ransomware onto the system. Once the user enters their login credentials or financial information, the phisher gains access to their files and data.

Other methods used by the attackers include creating a sense of urgency or fear, such as threatening to close an account or warning of suspicious activity to prompt the user to take immediate action, and impersonating a trusted source, such as a bank, company or government agency, to gain the user’s trust and make the email seem legitimate.