Phishing Scams In 2021 – A Guide From Renzo Marketing
If you check your email on a daily basis, you may have witnessed some odd emails reaching your inbox. For instance, an email from your bank asking for credit card details or bank account number to credit the jackpot money you have won. Although tempting, such messages are anything but sincere.
United Kingdom (PRUnderground) September 15th, 2021
If you check your email on a daily basis, you may have witnessed some odd emails reaching your inbox. For instance, an email from your bank asking for credit card details or bank account number to credit the jackpot money you have won. Although tempting, such messages typically are anything but sincere.
Another one is an email from your online shopping site telling you that there was a problem with the last transaction and asking to confirm your credit card details. All of these attempts to trick you relate to phishing. It has been around for years, but people still fall for these scams.
How does phishing work?
Apart from the examples mentioned above, there are various ways by which phishing can happen, such as:
- An email asking you to update the password of your social media account or responding to a request on it.
- An email asking you to click on an attachment.
- An email suggests that there is a problem with your delivery or the payment for your parcel. These delivery scams are becoming more and more frequent.
This example of a phishing attack is an email that looks like it’s from someone you know. It could be the CEO, Human Resources Manager, or even your IT support department. The message urgently asks for action and has something to do with money transfers, employee details, or installing new software on your computer.
The third category is smishing. It uses text messages to trick the user into disclosing their personal information. Usually, it’s a welcome message from your mobile provider or bank.
The message in such cases states that you have been given a gift card of some amount or won money. You are then directed to visit some web page by clicking on a malicious link. This grants permission to the hacker to access all your personal information.
What to do to protect against Phishing?
There are many ways to protect yourself against phishing, such as:
- Install an antivirus on your device. It will quickly detect whether there are any issues on your device.
- Use an ad-blocker. It might block certain pop-ups containing false and misleading information.
- Use a Virtual Private Network (VPN). It will ensure that no data can be stolen in transit, even if you visit unsecured websites (like those lacking HTTPS).
The more you know about phishing and how to defend against it, the less likely it is that your business will become a victim. Be sure to keep up with security updates from the major service providers.
About Renzo Marketing
Renzo Marketing offers a global service with agents located worldwide. We focus on a full service within the B2B marketing spectrum, often specialising in asset research and financial sectors within the business to business markets.