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Phishing

APRIL 3, 2018

Phishing is one of the most popular and efficient ways for cyber criminals to exploit employees and gain access to sensitive data. And, the messages are extremely effective. 97% of people around the globe cannot identify a sophisticated phishing email. Why, though, is it so easy for you or your employees to be duped and for human error to unleash a debilitating phishing attack?

Maybe you’ve had sufficient cyber security training and you know what to look for. Want to test your knowledge?

Take a look at the following four emails, decipher which look like a phishing scam, and find the answers below!

Real Deal of Phishing?

#1

Phishing 1


#2

Phishing 2


#3

Phishing 3


#4

Phishing 4


Do you have all your answers ready? Here we go.

#1 - PHISHING

If you look closely at the first image, you’ll notice that the body of the email contains some errors. This is typical in a fraudulent email, as once delivered majority of inbox's will only show the display name and not the email address. So always check the email address in the header of your email and if it looks suspicious, don't open the email. In addition, Amazon’s real corporate domain is @amazon.com, not @amazonussa.com.us.

#2 – REAL DEAL

This e-mail was sent from @amazon.com. It’s written in official style without mistakes or misprints, and the link takes you to amazon.com.

#3 – PHISHING

This site copies the appearance of American Express Serve precisely, but it has a different URL. In addition, it prompts the user to enter a security answer along with their login and password (which is out of the ordinary), and “bellow” is misspelled.

#4 – PHISHING

If you look at the domain name on the email, you’ll see that it is cgi.com, not ebay.com. This case is much similar to the first we saw with Amazon. Whenever an email such as this comes across it's always important to give it a thorough look over.

We can't emphasize enough how important it is to know what to look for in Phishing emails. It's crucial to proceed with caution when it comes to protecting your sensitive data. Phishing attacks are costing businesses around the globe upwards of $4.5 billion every year, and we don't want our local companies to become another business in this statistic. Ensure that all your employees are kept educated and up to date on the latest scams circulating the web.

If you would like to begin securing your business then call us at 1800 265 880. Bolton's is comprised of experts in the field of business IT support management. Our team undergo regular training in the latest techniques and systems to ensure the highest level of service.

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