TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) – Just ahead of the holiday season, Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt has warned residents to not fall for phishing expeditions.
Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt says he has heard and read about a growing threat of cyber criminals lurking to scam, fraud and steal personal information to access finances. He said this is a good reminder of the caution that must be taken on the internet.
AG Schmidt said one of the most common forms of cybercrime is a phishing scam. Similar to the outdoor activity, he said scammers and fraudsters use tricks of the trade to bait victims into giving them access to information, sensitive data and money. It is a crime that affects private residents and businesses every day.
According to the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Internet Crime Complaint Center, $57 million was lost to phishing scams in 2019 alone.
Schmidt said phishing schemes are disguised as legitimate email and text messages with information residents believe they are supposed to open. However, these messages are modern-day Trojan horses that allow the scammer access to personal information, finances or computer systems to cause great harm.
While scammers and fraudsters constantly hone their abilities, Schmidt said the following are some typical signs to help recognize a phishing expedition:
- Familiar Names – Phishing emails or texts can look like they are from a known or trusted company such as a bank, credit card company, social networking site,…