Phishing emails are still effective

By Elvis Huff on April 20, 2022
1 minute read

There are many ways you can be victimized by cybercriminals. In 2022, remote tech-support scams, promises of returned money by only sending a few dollars and lottery scams are prevalent too. However, phishing emails remain one of the top ways cybercriminals target their victims.

Did you know?

Cybercriminals often use phishing emails in their attacks. Why? Because they are effective. Currently, phishing emails are 96% effective. Cybercriminals know that you cannot shutdown email. So, attackers use emails that often look legitimate, to entice you to either click a link to a website, download a file, or enter in your username name and password.

How do they do this?

Cybercriminals use enticing or appealing subject lines such as current world events or impersonate your boss’ email. Attackers know that you are likely to open and read these emails. These are just two examples but you may see other types of phishing emails. Ask yourself if this email seems normal. Also, instead of looking for ways that the email is not legitimate, consider the email to be fake and look for ways to convince yourself it is true. By eliminating automatic trust for the message, you are more likely to catch a phishing email.

What can you do?

Be alert, stop and think before complying with what the message asks you to do. If your email provider has a way to block the sender, or report as junk, do so. If you are unsure, use your favorite internet search engine and search how to do it.

Following these simple steps will help protect you from cybercriminals.

Bonus tip:  real phishing emails usually use correct grammar and language so toss out the idea that it will contain misspelled words or incorrect grammar.

 

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Posted by Elvis Huff

Elvis Huff worked as an officer and network administrator for 12 years with the Lebanon Police Department and has also served as an adjunct professor in information systems at Cumberland University. Read More »

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