Can You Spot An Email Scam?

Sorry to break to it you, but statistically, it’s unlikely that you can.

In fact, more than half of all Americans say they’ve been the victim of a scam. More often than not, it comes down to phishing.

Do you know how dangerous the threat of phishing really is? Click PLAY below to watch our latest video about phishing:

Why Does Your IT Security Need To Protect You Against Phishing?

Phishing is a method in which cybercriminals send fraudulent emails that appear to be from reputable sources in order to get recipients to reveal sensitive information and execute significant financial transfers.

The key to phishing’s effectivity is how unsuspecting the target is. The fact is that businesses aren’t learning to protect themselves, which makes them easy targets. Is your IT security company protecting you from phishing attempts?

Phishing succeeds when a cybercriminal uses fraudulent emails or texts, and counterfeit websites to get you to share your personal or business information like your login passwords, Social Security Number or account numbers. They do this to rob you of your identity and steal your money.

On average, it costs a lot of money. In fact, the average phishing attack costs businesses $1.6 million.

What Do All Phishing Emails Have In Common?

Share these tips with your employees to ensure they know how to spot a phishing attempt:

  • Watch For Overly Generic Content And Greetings: Cybercriminals will send a large batch of emails. Look for examples like “Dear valued customer.”
  • Examine The Entire From Email Address: The first part of the email address may be legitimate, but the last part might be off by a letter or may include a number in the usual domain.
  • Look For Urgency Or Demanding Actions: “You’ve won! Click here to redeem a prize,” or “We have your browser history pay now or we are telling your boss.”
  • Carefully Check All Links: Mouse over the link and see if the link’s destination matches where the email implies you will be taken.
  • Notice Misspellings, Incorrect Grammar, & Odd Phrasing: This might be a deliberate attempt to try and bypass spam filters.
  • Don’t Click On Attachments Right Away: Virus containing attachments might have an intriguing message encouraging you to open them such as “Here is the Schedule I promised.”

What’s The Best Way To Protect Against Phishing? With Reliable IT Security

There’s an easy solution – work with Nexus IT Consultants. In managing your IT security, we’ll deploy our range of security solutions to safeguard your data and protect you from cybercriminals. As your strategic technology partner, our team will make sure you have the right IT security solutions in place.