We have heard and read much recently about the growing threat of cyber criminals lurking to scam, fraud and outright steal personal identifiable information and access finances. It is a good reminder of the perils of living in an information society and the caution that must be exercised when navigating online.
One of the most common forms of cybercrime is what is known as phishing. Similar to the outdoor activity that is spelled differently, scammers and fraudsters use their tricks of the trade to bait unsuspecting victims into taking their hook and giving access to information, sensitive data and finances. It is a crime that affects private individuals as well as businesses each and every day. According to the FBI’s Internet Crime Complaint Center, people lost $57 million in phishing schemes in 2019 alone.
Phishing schemes are disguised as legitimate email and text messages with information that the viewer believes they are supposed to open. However, these messages are modern-day Trojan horses, allowing the scammer to gain access to personal information, finances or computer systems to cause great harm.
While scammers and fraudsters are constantly honing their craft, these are some typical signs that can help consumers, businesses and their employees to recognize a phishing expedition:
Familiar names: Phishing emails and text messages may look like they are from a company you know or trust. They may come from a bank, credit card company, social networking site, online…