20 Jul How to Spot COVID Phishing Attempts
As Coronavirus brought many industries to a halt, one industry in particular ramped up to take advantage of the situation: Scammers. In 30 minutes or less we can assist you and your team with putting a plan in place. CONTACT US HERE
In an article published in late April, a period of time when case numbers were at peak heights, Google reported they had seen (and blocked) a daily count of 18 million malware and phishing emails related to COVID-19 the previous week. This was in addition to the 240 million COVID-19 spam messages. On average, gmail blocks more than 100 million phishing emails every day.
Oftentimes, phishing and scam attempts impersonate well-known organizations and companies. In the case of COVID scams, the World Health Organization and the Center for Disease Control and Prevention have been impersonated to collect consumer data, health information, and fake charity donations.
According to Google, the most common types of scams are:
- FALSELY REPRESENTING HEALTH ORGANIZATIONS
- WEBSITE SELLING FRAUDULENT PRODUCTS
- POSING AS GOVERNMENT SOURCES
- FRAUDULENT FINANCIAL OFFERS
- FAKE NON-PROFIT DONATION REQUESTS
In an effort to avoid cyber security attacks, especially while team members may be working off-site and security measures are weakened, educating your workforce on how to identify a phishing attempt may be your greatest defense.
While phishing scams can come via text message, phone call, or email, and are always changing, there are common signs to identify the request as a scam attempt:
Companies and individuals can avoid scams hitting their inbox by taking necessary precautions and staying abreast of current scam attempts. This includes using the most up-to-date security software, using multi-factor authentication for logins, and protecting your data by backing it up frequently.
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