Did you know that an estimated 91 percent of cyber hacking attacks start with a phishing or spear phishing email? This article tells you how to recognize spear phishing, what to do if you receive a spear phishing email, and how to report it.
Spear Phishing: A targeted scam directed at a specific person or organization
||When you receive a suspicious email
Do not ‘reply’, ‘reply all’, or ‘forward’ the email to any other Phacil users.
Do not open any attachments in the email.
Do not click any website links provided in the message.
||Carefully examine the email
Beware of unknown senders or sensational subject lines.
Look at the hyperlinks in the email carefully.
If the message claims it’s from your financial institution, call them to verify.
Recognize the Red Flags
Misspelled words and poor grammar.
Urgent, sensational subject lines.
Promises of free gifts or prizes.
Requests to verify password or account.
Report the suspicious email to your system administrator or security officer.
Phacil Users – report and forward suspicious emails as an attachment to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Permanently delete the email from your inbox and sent folder.
Report Spear Phishing Attempts