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Data Doctors Tech Tips | Ken Colburn & Brandon Disney
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Original Air Date: Mar 5, 2020

Beware of Unsafe Company Emails

It’s pretty easy to sniff out a bogus email as a phishing scam, but there’s a type of phishing that’s much trickier to spot.

Some obscure bank that you’ve never heard of is an obvious clue but what about a message that comes from someone else where you work?

Emails that include links or an attachment are common in company messages, which is why the bad guys have stepped up their scams with this type of spear phishing.

It’s incredibly easy to spoof a message that appears to come from anyone in your company as there is no validation process for who actually sent the message.

It’s not really possible for us to provide exact signs of a scam, but now that you know that it can happen, don’t be so quick to click on links or open attachments that appear to be from a co-worker.

Since a lot of the scams are generated from foreign hackers, oftentimes there are clear grammar or spelling errors. Strange sounding sentences that are different than what you would normally expect from that co-worker is another red flag.

If a message includes a link, you can use the hover trick to see if what is in the message matches where it’s actually going to take you.

Just hover your mouse over the link, but don’t click it! Look in the bottom left corner of the message to see if it’s the same. If it isn’t, it’s another clear red flag of a scam.