Last week the FBI issued a release warning people about spam containing malware and phishing scams that may come in the form of an e-mail or holiday e-card.
Cyber criminals are extremely good at sending e-mail that looks like it comes from a reputable source like a credit card company or a bank. The goal of a phishing attack is to get personal information from the victim. According to the release, cyber criminals send links in e-mail that look valid. When clicked on, it takes you to a legitimate site then it pops up a window over the site that captures your personal information.
Many users are not up to date on the latest techniques criminals use to steal data and fall victim to phishing scams every year. IT professionals need to be diligent and educate their users about potential problems. The following are some suggestions on how to educate your users:
Other scams that cyber criminals use involve sending surveys. After the online surveys are completed, the survey asks for account information so that money can be deposited into their bank account for completing the survey.
Here are some tips from the FBI recommends you can use to avoid becoming a victim of cyber fraud:
Contact the actual business that supposedly sent the e-mail to verify if the e-mail is genuine. If you are a victim of cyber fraud, the FBI recommends that you contact the Internet Crime Complaint Center at www.ic3.gov