2019 Phishing Emails

We have seen a lot of phishing emails stating that the recipient's passwords and computers have been hacked. We have both seen this ourselves and heard from several clients that they are receiving increasing amounts of these emails. This is a scam aimed at extorting money from recipients.

“According to the FBI, criminals made off with at least $676 million last year thanks to so-called business email compromise campaigns, which are attacks designed to trick company executives or accounting departments into sending money to fake vendors.” – inc.com

The subjects are aimed to alarm you and make you act before really thinking it through. The below image is of 4 such emails we received in the last 2 weeks.

They usually include a password that looks like a password you currently use or have used in the past. These passwords were most likely part of a data breach - there have been several in the past year alone.

What makes these data breaches most dangerous is that a lot of people reuse their passwords across many platforms. Phishers and hackers know this and use it to their advantage.

We strongly recommend changing your password to something completely different and secure. Use upper and lowercase letters, numbers and at least one symbol. Create a different password for each account you have.

For more information, check out the following:

Beware of Extortion Scams Stating They Have Video of You on Adult Sites

Check if you have an account that has been compromised in a data breach

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