Cyber-crime on the up at Christmas
Season’s greetings one and all,
On the first day of Christmas, my true love gave to me… a phishing email requesting my credit card details!
Unfortunately cyber-crime is on the up. In fact, shocking new figures from the Crime Survey of England and Wales revealed that you are now 20 times more likely to be robbed while at your computer by a criminal based overseas than held up in the street.
Cyber-criminals are using the festive period, pre-Christmas sales, etc to target the unwary whilst buying gifts/shopping on-line… of course this goes on throughout the year, but be especially over the coming weeks!!!
REMEMBER…if it looks too good to be true, it probably is…if it looks dodgy, it certainly is!!! Check for the obvious signs:
- Many phishing scams originate overseas and often the spelling, grammar and punctuation are poor. Others will try and create official-looking emails by including logos and graphics. Is the design (and quality) what would you'd expect from a large organisation?
- Is it addressed to you by name, or does it refer to 'valued customer', or 'friend', or 'colleague'? This can be a sign that the sender does not actually know you, and that it is part of a phishing scam.
- Does the email contain a veiled threat that asks you to act urgently? Be suspicious of words like 'send these details within 24 hours' or 'you have been a victim of crime, click here immediately'.
- Look out for emails that appear to come from a high-ranking person within your organisation, requesting a payment is made to a particular bank account. Look at the sender's name. Does it sound legitimate, or is it trying to mimic someone you know?
- If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is. It's most unlikely that someone will want to give you money, or give you access to some secret part of the Internet.
This applies at work and at home, cybercriminals don’t discriminate between the two! If you are the slightest bit unsure, don’t click on that link…don’t open that attachment…delete that suspicious email!
- Wishing you the safest online Christmas, and the happiest new years, from The IT Support Team at Taff !