What's spear phishing?

Spear phishing is a type of phishing with a major difference. Unlike phishing, where you receive mass generic emails at random, fraudsters first collect personal information about you and use spear phishing to target you. Fraudsters tailor their scam by impersonating someone you know or trust to convince you to reveal information. Spear phishing often happens through email and other online channels, such as social media or messaging apps.

Stay safe with our tips

  • Be wary of any communications you receive that request you to keep the contents confidential.
  • Check the sender’s email address and the layout of the communication. If there are any  differences from previous emails, be diligent as it could be a phishing attempt.
  • Be aware of the language and grammar used in the email. If it seems unusual for the sender, it could be a fraudulent communication. 
  • Don't give in to urgent requests that pressure you to reveal information to avoid legal action or to bypass normal policies and procedures. It's most likely a scam.
  • Don't open email attachments if the email seems suspicious. The attachments may provide fraudsters with access to your personal and business data. 
  • Don't click on links in emails unless you know they are legitimate and secure. You can check the link by hovering over it to see the URL. 

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