Beware Phishing Emails

Danger Scam AlertPhishing emails are fraudulent emails purporting to be from reputable companies in order to you to reveal personal information, such as passwords and credit card numbers, online or to have you click on a what you think is a legitimate attachment but is in fact a program or routine to install a bug or ransom software.

I have had quite a few of late and I share a couple of them with you. I have taken screen shots so that no one inadvertently clicks on the link.

The first purported to be from the Australian Federal Police.

AFPI wonder how many have fallen for it and either have gone to the link, or actually paid the amount said to be the fine. To my knowledge, the Australian Federal Police do not issue traffic tickets, although they may do so at Federal establishments such as airports. Either way, the email states that I was recently released on a traffic intrusion.

Next, I would remember if I had been arrested and released. I am particularly careful with traffic and parking tickets as to me they are another form of tax. As an aside, taking this view does change behaviour.

Finally, I would expect a traffic ticket to arrive in the mail to the address shown on my licence or to the address shown on the vehicle’s registration papers. Neither show an email address.

While this one claims to be from the Australian Federal Police, I have received others from some of the Australian state police forces as well.

The latest one I received was this one claiming to be from a tax adviser.

taxWith LMI operating now in several countries I could, had I not been on my toes, have been caught, as I may not have heard if VAT had been increased in, say, the UK or Ireland. What I do know is the names of our external accountants and their email addresses. I did not recognise either here. In this case, you will see they attached a zip file which I am reluctant in the extreme to open. If I am in any doubt, I delete the email immediately. If I know the person that has supposedly sent it, I will ring them to ensure that it is all genuine.

I hope these two examples are a reminder that we all have to be on our guard to reduce the likelihood of a cyber attack. Certainly cyber attacks are on the rise and while organisations through their IT departments introduce rules and procedures to protect privacy and attacks, this can all be undone if only one person fails to follow the rules and or use common sense.

I appreciate that we are all busy and want to fly through our emails, but a little care at the start can save a lot of time and potential brand damage and commercial loss down the track.

cyber with pages #2If you would like to learn more and have not already viewed it you can view a free copy of Mannings Guide to Cyber Security and Insurance here.  And yes the irony of putting a link from a post on not clicking willy nilly on links is not lost on me, but this one is safe I assure you.

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