Phishing Trends - January Update
Our recent blog on phishing trends highlighted the surge in fake TV Licensing Emails. This trend shows no signs of abating and Action Fraud recenlty reported that in December alone over 200 crime reports were made relating to TV Licensing emails, with victims reporting losses of £233,455. In the most recent wave of fake TV Licensing emails, the emails are followed up by a phone call from fraudsters claiming to be bank employees. The first email victims receive encourages them to click on a link to update details or review billing information. A couple of weeks later, they receive a phone call claiming to be from the fraud department of the victim’s bank. Fraudsters use the personal information gathered in the first email to appear authentic. They convince their victim that their banking account has been compromised and they must move funds to a new ‘safe’ account.
To help to protect your business against fraudulent emails we recommend an effective spam-filtering system coupled with a malware filter that scans attachments and also hyperlinks in emails. Office 365 customers can also benefit from strong anti-phishing capabilities built into the e-mail platform. These essential services should be employed as part of your multi-layered cyber-security strategy which, as your IT Support and IT security services provider, RedMosquito always put in place, helping to keep your data safe.
Staff awareness should also be a key element of your cyber security. It is wise to circulate information on current trends around your staff, to help keep awareness and vigilance high. As your IT Support provider we are also able to help with training and raising awareness to ensure your team know how to spot any fraud attempts. If you need help with IT Support or IT Security Services then you could do no better than to contact RedMosquito today. Our friendly technical consultants will explain the key components and the benefits these essential security services can bring to your business, keeping you firmly on the road to success.
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