22 September 2014
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3 Tips To Prevent Email Phising – As Scams Continue To Evolve

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It is rumoured that when the first email was sent in 1971 by Ray Tomlinson to himself as a test the system, the second was an email phising scam to try and find out your bank details to fund a spending spree on flares and cassette tapes.

Whilst these may now be out of fashion, sending emails to try and get personal information “phising” has undergone a renaissance.

These scams have evolved over time from crude invitations from exotic yet troubled Princes (everyone likes to help and get rich) to pretending to be your bank, and in recent times offering free things or hidden in business “documentation”

These scams can be broadly characterised as attempts to

  • Get you to send information via reply to the email
  • Enter information on a fake website, mirroring a bank or financial services firm
  • Get you to download a file containing “important information” that is actually malware

These scams may not be the most high tech, but they are constantly evolving and some of those targeted at businesses are quite convincing. They are sent claiming to be from companies that really exist and either contain an invoice or credit note attachment.

This is designed to excite or enrage you into opening the file to find out more, but when you do your computer is infected with malware that at best will fill your computer with adware or at worst be designed to find ways to access your personal information.

So how can you protect yourself

  1. Never go to a financial services website from an email you receive
  2. Only open attachments that you are expecting, if you are not email the contact outside of the email chain and confirm
  3. Trust no-one on the internet unless you absolutely have to (not including this blog of course)

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