How Are You Protecting Yourself From Email Scams?

“Click here to win a FREE iPhone 11!!!!!”

At one point or another, an offer comes by in an email that seems too good to be true. Yet 1 out of 10 Americans fall for these types of email scams. While DMARC and BIMI help with keeping these scams out of your inbox – and if you don’t know what DMARC and BIMI are, then I have an article for you – scams can still happen. Now some of you might say you have a firewall or a VPN or even a spam filter with a great service provider. While those are very protective, you are still vulnerable to email scams and hacks. Hackers are constantly updating how they can get into your inbox and get your click (which then leads to getting your information and money). Despite all the new tricks, the classic scams like “You Won ___” / “Congratulations!” emails from illegitimate sources, banking scams, survey scams, and the infamous “Nigerian prince” scams are still super effective.

Mostly those kinds of email scams hit personal accounts, but what about business scams?

In the Workplace

One scam that almost every employee has seen at some point is an email that at first glance appears to have come from the CEO or another high-level position asking for something. A simple and easy way to verify the legitimacy is by checking the reply address. For example, the name is correct but look at the reply address: John Doe <12345@gmail.com>. That is not the usual business email address nor does it make sense for that to be the email of someone official. That is the first clue that the email is probably not sent by the real CEO. Another way to avoid a scheme of this type is to not open any links or at least be cautious of emails with “Sent by external messenger.” If the email was sent by an employee within the company, then the email would not have the warning that it’s coming from an outside source. Educating employees on these types of schemes and attacks help protect against an employee accidently opening a Pandora’s box of problems for the company. Regular training by your IT team can also help keep you and everyone else at your company up to date on all the various phishing schemes going on in the world that you are at risk for. Email scams, spam, phishing, and all the other ways intruders will come at you are a constant threat. Be aware, be mindful, and be smart about what you open, what you trust, and what you sign up for.