Two members of our staff and 3 of our clients were targeted by this phishing scam last month. You should know about it.
Have you seen the latest email phishing scam?
It looks like a quick email from your boss. They’re in a meeting and can’t talk, but could you stop and pick up some gift cards?
If you reply saying you will get the cards, the next email says to pick up $1,800 of Walmart gift cards and just take a picture of the numbers on the back of the card and email them back.
Which is where they really get you. Once you’ve sent the scammers the numbers on the back of the card, they have access to the money. And you have no way to get it back.
This scam is designed to take advantage of the fast-paced and informal nature of a lot of business communication. As well as the trust we place in our superiors. Two of the employees here at Think were targeted by this phishing attempt. A combination of cybersecurity knowledge and a good email filter helped ensure that neither of them fell for the scam. But others haven’t been so fortunate.
You can protect your business and your employees from phishing attempts with a few simple steps:
- Education – talk to your staff about what phishing is and what to watch for.
- Awareness – make sure your staff is looking at the sender and the contents of an email closely before clicking on links or replying.
- Protection – a good email filter will flag emails from outside senders, helping your employees identify untrustworthy sources more easily.
Phishing is one of the leading cybersecurity vulnerabilities for a business. Take steps to protect your business and don’t get caught!