Let’s suppose you’re going through your email box and you find an email that is coming from a reputable company that you know. But there’s a catch. It’s asking you for personal information like passwords or credit card numbers. Stop there! You could have just fallen for a common cybercrime called phishing.
This popular cybercrime is the act of using false emails to gain valuable personal info about you or your company. Its namesake comes from fishing, where it’s like baiting a line to catch a fish. Many of these scams can be “baiting” you to get personal information like passwords, credit card numbers, or something more valuable. A study found that over 50% of these scams targeted people’s credentials for accounts like Microsoft Outlook, Google Drive, or Apple. It was also reported in 2017 that more than 400 businesses each day were targeted by phishing scammers pretending to be a company executive asking for funds transfers.
Here are some common elements to a phishing scam:
- It sounds too good to be true.
- Creates a sense of urgency
- It contains misleading hyperlinks, i.e., a popular website misspelled or an entirely different site that is unprotected.
- It contains an attachment – often leading to ransomware or other viruses.
- It’s from a sender you may not know.
If you see one or more of these elements in an email, promptly report the email to IT Department or IT Services Provider and warn fellow employees!
You have already taken the most important step to protect yourself and your business – Being aware! The next step is simple – Share with others! We created an informative video to make it easy to educate your fellow employees or family members.
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