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Data Doctors Tech Tips | Ken Colburn & Brandon Disney
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Original Air Date: Dec 25, 2020

Sniffing Out Spear Phishing Scams

Phishing scams that pretend to be from organizations that the hackers know a victim uses is more specific and called spear phishing.

Spear phishing became more common once the bad guys knew that generalized phishing scams were easily sniffed out by victims because they had no relationship with the company used in the fake message.

One of the most effective spear phishing approaches is when the scammers send a message to employees of a company that appears to be from someone important within the company.

It’s been shown that the likelihood of someone opening an attachment or clicking on a link in a message that appears to be from the company they work for goes way up.

Until your company moves interoffice communications to another platform, it’s going to be difficult to absolutely tell the difference between a legit message and a scam, but there are some common red flags.

Contacting the sender via a different channel to confirm the message is a good start, but things like weird grammar and misspelled words are often an indication that it was generated by someone in another country.

For the most part, it’s best to be suspicious of anything from anyone these days, so treat all messages as guilty until proven innocent.