Email Scams, Phishing and Phony Phone Calls
Phishing email messages, websites, and phone calls are designed to steal money . Cybercriminals and scam artists are working around security firewalls and system antiviruses by tricking people into letting them into system. They do this by having them click on links that will download viruses, spyware, and other unwanted software — often by bundling it with popular free downloads. They may even call you or your employees directly and impersonate a legitimate company and ask for your password and IDs so your account won’t be closed or they can fix a fake issue they say you’re having.
One of the best lines of defense is to educate your employees on how to spot the phonies and scammers. Telltale signs of a fake is to look for misspelled words, bad grammar, fake URLs to other websites, and threats to close your accounts with legitimate companies you may currently do business with.
Here is an example of a phishing email: Click to enlarge
If you or your employees receive a suspicious email or suspect phone call:
• Don’t open it; delete it immediately.
• Hover over the link without clicking on it, a small window will appear with the actual website link that will open if clicked on. If they don’t match don’t click.
• Don’t follow any links in the email – even if it’s to “unsubscribe” from the sender – or open any files attached to it
• If someone calls and asks for financial information, passwords or user IDs to your accounts over the phone, hang up and call back using the known legitimate phone number and verify whether or not they called you.
We work hard to supply you with the very best defenses technology has to offer, but employee education is key. If you’d like to learn more or have us come in to help educate your people, we’d be happy to visit or conduct a webinar on how you and your employees can help keep your business safe.