Don’t fall for a phishing scam!

//Don’t fall for a phishing scam!

Don’t fall for a Phishing Scam

If the Coronavirus pandemic hasn’t been testing enough for the world, cybercriminals have been, and still are trying (and succeeding), to trick people with phishing emails. The emails usually look like they have been sent from the actual company they are impersonating; however, the emails are cleverly built by cybercriminals, to trick victims into sending over their personal information or installing malware. Statistics show that Britons have been scammed out of over £3.5 million during the lockdown period.

A real-life example at Bunker HQ

During the lockdown, one of our employees received an email addressed from Glenn, to see if the employee had some free time to buy some physical Google Play gift cards for a client. The employee sensed that this email wasn’t legitimate by the Czechoslovakian email address, contacted Glenn personally to confirm that the email was a scam, and deleted it instantly.

Some other scams that have been seen during lockdown are related to PayPal accounts, TV licenses, face masks and PPE, but the list is never-ending and will most probably continue to increase.

How to recognise a Phishing email

1. The email requests sensitive information

When has your bank ever called you or sent you an email asking for personal information? The answer is they haven’t! If you receive an email asking for you to provide your information, simply just delete the message! 

2. The email doesn’t address you by your name

If you are a customer of a company, they will more than likely address you by your name in the email. Phishing emails will normally avoid the salutation and go straight into the email content as they most probably won’t know what your name is.

3. The email is sent from a domain email address

Hover your mouse over the sender’s email address to establish who the email has been sent from. Scam emails are usually sent from @gmail.com, @hotmail.com etc. Whereas legitimate companies will use their business email address or a marketing provider’s email address for their communications

4. Look for spelling mistakes and grammatical errors

Commonly, cybercriminals make spelling and grammatical mistakes in their communications. Legitimate companies have copywriters and marketing teams creating their content, to ensure accuracy. 

5. The email pushes you towards their website

If you click anywhere on a scam email, it will normally take you to a fake hyperlink and begin downloading malware. Simply delete the email.

6. The email will come with unsolicited attachments

When have you ever received an email with an attachment from a company that you’re subscribed to receive content to? NEVER! All the information that a legitimate company wants you to see, will be in the content of the email, not attached by PDF! Simply put, do not click on or open the attachments!

7. Hyperlinks that don’t match to a website

A legitimate company’s email will consist of hyperlinks that match to legitimate URL’s on their website. However, scam emails have buttons with hyperlinks that download malware onto your computer, rather than send you to a website. 

If you are unsure about an email you have received or have clicked on a hyperlink, please contact us through the service portal and we will provide you with some support and information regarding this. 

2020-08-10T13:16:44+01:00August 10th, 2020|Phishing|
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