Things to Know About Spear Phishing

10 Nov

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

Review Suspicious Emails 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.
  • Spear Phishing - Magnifier 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.
  • Spear Phishing - Recognize Red Flags 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.
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    Report Spear Phishing Attempts

  • Report the suspicious email to your system administrator or security officer.
  • Phacil Users – report and forward suspicious emails as an attachment to
  • Permanently delete the email from your inbox and sent folder.
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