Whether it’s the emotional pull of the sweet Nigerian Prince’s plight or the understandable mistake of opening a Word document from your boss, it’s clear to see that people are easy to exploit. It’s obvious that hackers and scammers will continue to use email for years to come.
Here are 3 common email scams not to fall for:
The plea for help. Fun fact: Nigeria doesn’t have a prince. Now then. There are a lot of emails from people who want your help. They even want to give you money – and by give you money, we mean that they want to get your bank account and routing numbers so they can clean you out. The choice you make should always be the same. Never, ever, ever (ever) give this out.
Emails with bad attachments are a little trickier because they can look legitimate. Needless to say (maybe not), if the attachment is coming from a random person, do NOT open or download. If the email is from someone you know, even in the company, verify that it’s for real. For all you know, someone else in the company ended up with malware and is kindly spreading it around.
The rule of thumb on email links: don’t click on a link that comes from someone you don’t know. That’s easy to remember, right? The link could be set up to directly download malware to your computer, infect the network and/or ransom information. Look for typos, strange language or different graphics to spot bad links. If you’re in doubt, call the company or visit their website directly, not via the email.
Not sure what to do when you get some phishy emails? Take these steps:
- Don’t open it if you’re in any doubt.
- Don’t click or open attachments. If you did either of those things, let your IT people know.
- Don’t pay anyone anything. If your systems were infected with ransomware, don’t give out your credit card information. Often, this only leads to further problems.
- Follow company procedures and notify your network administrator immediately.
We know it’s tough to hear that you are the biggest danger to security your company has. With these tips, you can be more vigilant in protecting your company fortress from threats – foreign or domestic.
Good luck. No pressure or anything.
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