Fake emails are targeting businesses

Fake malicious emails are circulating right now. News headlines frequently feature data breaches and cyber events, with large corporations working around the clock to contain the damage. But research shows that cyber criminals and hackers are also targeting smaller “Main Street” companies who are often less prepared to prevent and respond to an attack.

Just because an email is convincing with a brand name, official logo, and language, it does not mean it’s legitimate.  It’s getting harder and harder to spot these deceptive emails. Be on the lookout: many contain a “Request for proposal” or an “invoice” attachment.  Phishers and fraudsters are extremely cunning. Be skeptical.

Here are some don’ts:

  • Check for spelling mistakes in the Subject or email address.
  • Beware of “urgent” or “threatening” language in the subject line.
  • Don’t click attachments
  • Don’t call any phone number listed in that window. When a scammer is phishing they want you to call their bogus 1800 or 1888 number
  • Don’t forward the email

What else can I do?

  • Be vigilant
  • Keep your Operating System (OS) updated
  • Update firewalls
  • Secure your wireless network with a strong password
  • Create complex passwords
  • Logout of accounts when you’re done with them
  • Make sure you’re on an official website when entering passwords
  • Encrypt your hard drive
  • Update your phone/device software on time

When in doubt, call a trusted IT professional.

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