Saturday, August 22, 2020

Phishing and spear-phishing method of stealing confidential information

 In the recent Stay Smart Online, Alert email advise that there is a significant increase in the past few months of COVID themed phishing scams, using all sorts of lures to try and trick people into handing over personal details.


#Phishing and spear-phishing is a method of stealing confidential information by sending fraudulent messages to a victim, through email or message platforms. They remain among the MOST common method used by malicious #cyber actors to target Australians.

Since the #pandemic's outbreak, the Government’s #Scamwatch has received over 3,060 coronaviruses themed scam reports with over $1,371,000 in reported losses.

#Phishing campaigns can be sent via email, SMS, social media, instant messenger or a phone call. They can look extremely convincing, often imitating legitimate messages from trusted senders in government or business.

See attached are an example of #scam #email that I usually get in my (test) mailbox. Look at the subjects all trying to attract you in a way to click a link or provide details. Especially now Corona and Tax return season they are more active than before.

Hope this helps to Stay safe and on alert don't lose your money or info to the scammers.

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