Don’t Let Scammers Spoil Your Festive Season:  

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As the festive season approaches, so does the heightened activity of scammers targeting businesses at their busiest. We need to be extra vigilant in protecting our people and organisations from potential threats. 

Stay Alert and Secure from Scammers! 

Recently, I received a phishing email – apparently from my managing director. Cybercriminals are getting craftier, using data gathered from social media, news and company websites to impersonate who they are using to catch out unsuspecting staff. Even the seemingly harmless requests can lead to financial loss, compromised data, or damage to your company’s reputation.  The email I received has been doing the rounds for a few years now, but the text and tone is adapted to achieve maximum deception. 

Let’s help make this festive season cybersecurity resilient. Our best defence against these criminals is awareness. Share this message with your teams, friends, and colleagues to ensure everyone is on their guard. 

What to look out for when receiving emails: 

  • Would the sender really ask you to do the specified task? 
  • Check the email address carefully – are there letters missing or a completely random address compared to the display name? 
  • Is there a signature block?  Check the details. 
  • If you don’t know the sender, do not open any attachments. 
  • Report any suspicious emails to your IT department. 

What to look out for when receiving calls or text messages: 

  • Is it too good to be true? 
  • Do you have a contract with the provider who is calling with that special deal? 
  • Do not give any details to the caller if they ask for a code sent to you via text or email. 
  • Do not provide any financial information to a caller.   

If in any doubt, hang up, block and delete. 

#Resilience #StaySecure #Phishing #Scammers #Cybersecurity #CyberAwareness #FestiveSecurity 

screenshot of phishing email showing the name of the person it is supposed to be from, whilst the actual address is different
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