The list of what we need to be aware of to avoid scams seems to get longer every day and that’s why today we are going to talk about the most common way fraudsters try to steal your information. Agari have published a report on business phishing attacks and it shows 90% of businesses have been targeted and 23% suffering financial damage over £1 million. What does this mean for the home user? It’s great data because it breaks down what the most common tactics are and what we all need to focus on. The key takeaways are that 63% of attacks are “display name deception”, i.e. where the sender is falsely pretending to be writing from someone. From whom? Their favourite is Microsoft with 44% of phishing emails falsely claiming to be from Microsoft, in second place is Amazon with 17%. The other statistic that is relevant here is that 20% of phishing emails are so called “friendly attacks” which appear to come from one of your contacts due to the fact their account has been compromised.
FAKE MICROSOFT AND AMAZON EMAILS MAKE UP MORE THAN HALF OF ALL PHISHING EMAILS
Tips and Advice
- Don’t be taken in by an impressive looking website/address – with the average loss on these crimes of over £10,000 the fraudsters have plenty of money to invest in a good-looking website
- Don’t Click! – Never click on any links or attachment unless you are 100% sure of the authenticity of the sender
- From a friend? – Just because it looks like it comes from a friend, if the contents seems a little strange or its unusual for them to send you a link DELETE it!
- Check with Microsoft – Use this link to ask Microsoft
- Contact – your bank or credit card company if you have already given out financial details
- Report it – as junk, right click on the message and click “Mark as Junk”
- ID Protection – If you’re worried about identity fraud and would like to protect your identity contact CIFAS
- Still Unsure? – Join Reassura 0800 888 6400 and one of our fraud advisor’s will help you to stay safe
- To report a fraud – and receive a police crime reference number call Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040 or use theironline fraud reporting tool
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