Please, don’t get caught out – phishing, scams & ransomware
Scams are at an all time high, right about now. SMS, Email, Telephone, Letters – you name it, you can be scammed by that method. As we’re an IT services company you can guess we’re going to focus on Email phishing and scams and help you combat them in a cost effective manner. In the news recently three Santander customers have lost £36,000 and supposedly they aren’t getting it back, I am sure the banks cannot afford £36,000 to refund their customers…
So, how do they actually do it?
Pretty damn easily to be honest with you. Usually, you’ll get an Email from someone or a company you actively use. Generally speaking, it’s usually large global companies such as Amazon, Google, Apple, HSBC etc. In fact, instead of telling you how they do it let me show you. Below is an Email a client of ours received from Amazon, quite rightly guessed this is not Amazon. It’s someone pretending to be Amazon by a technique we call spoofing (spoofing is pretty much-impersonating someone).
If you receive something similar to the above, your first thoughts are most likely “I didn’t order that!” – with that in mind, the spoofed email actually helps you right out and gives you a lovely link to grab a full refund – perfect! Not quite, let’s take a look at that link in a little bit more depth.
As guessed, it’s not where we’re expecting it to go. This is the crucial part as to where you’ll visit a fake Amazon and then be infected with some form of malware or ransomware.
A few little tips on how you can prevent this happening to you
- Always check who the Email is actually sent from – as you can see below with a closer look it’s not who we think it’s from.
- Check links before you click them. Most browsers nowadays display the actual link in the bottom half of your browser. A good portion of us use Google Chrome, so if you do use Chrome the link appears in the bottom left.
- Make sure you have some form of protection, Antivirus, DNS filtering, firewall etc – something is better than nothing. If you aren’t sure what you need, have a word with us we’ll point you in the right direction.
- Keep your Operating System, Browser and all pieces of software up to date. Running old browsers is like wearing no underwear, you shouldn’t!