Easter is a memorable time of the year when families get together over a hearty meal and fun activities. But, just like during other prominent festivals, this holiday also requires you and your employees to stay extra cautious about easter email scams.
Easter scams are now but a sport for cybercriminals using the holidays to perfect their techniques and schemes to get you caught in their traps. The promise of securing amazing deals, for example, is enough to snag a couple of unsuspecting employees into either downloading or redirecting them to scam links or websites.
This Easter, look out for these possible scams that bad actors create and help build awareness amongst your workforce against them.
Easter is known for its charitable fundraising feats that especially help children or are directed specifically to supporting orphanages or charity initiatives. This makes it easy for scammers to pose as well-reputed organisations and set up hoax donation campaigns.
Through social engineering, scammers can easily manipulate internet users into donating generous sums to untraceable offshore accounts.
Keep in mind that when verifying the links or sites requesting donations, you might get convinced of their legitimacy because of how well they impersonate the actual organisation. Contact the charity itself and make your donations via direct transfer to avoid this.
Fake giveaways and holiday scams
Easter holidays usually mean a short family road trip across the country. This is the best way to lure unsuspecting victims into providing their information by claiming that they have either won a special employee/family package or offering them special rates for lavish accommodation options.
Scammers corner their victims by asking for upfront payment; they also create a sense of urgency in the email to claim their prize.
Offering a limited time frame and encouraging users to act immediately gives them less time to evaluate what is going on. While it sounds like an offer you cannot pass up, look into how reliable it is.
If a holiday or getaway sounds too good to be true, chances are you are on your way to being scammed.
Another way to identify scam emails is if you've been asked to give away your PINs, passwords or other sensitive personal information.
Dealing with malware
Malware is the umbrella term given to any malicious software meant to damage or exploit sensitive information of any service, network or programme—these usually get embedded in clickable links and attachments in scam emails.
To keep your organisation’s devices protected from malware, ensure that they have the latest anti-virus and anti-spyware software installed and make sure your system network has an active firewall.
Other means of protecting your organisation
Here are some important things that your employees should be aware of when dealing with scam emails:
Firstly, instruct them not to respond to emails that they receive from suspicious sources. Secondly, tell them not to proceed with the instructions mentioned in the email as they may be a ploy for a scam. Lastly, when they suspect an email that could be part of a ruse, instruct them to notify their respective managers or someone who has insight into the best steps to take.
Prevent being caught in online scams
To best a hacker at their own game, workplaces should stay updated and train employees to have a high level of awareness, especially during regular peak seasons of phishing schemes.
By reinforcing the ways mentioned above in your employee's daily web surfing and online activities, detecting scams and crafty messages becomes second nature.
If you are unsure where to begin training your employees on your cybersecurity needs, don't hesitate to contact the experts.