By Lynn Viesti Berube
In many ways, the technology we use in our daily lives makes us smarter, more adaptable and gives us the ability to accomplish more, from anywhere. But without taking proper security precautions, these tools can be used against us. In fact, hackers and con artists were able to steal over $15 billion from consumers in 2016.
In Part 1 and Part 2 of this series, we reviewed some of the most common types of fraud being perpetrated today. Part 3 will wrap up the series, providing several more types of fraud that all consumers should know.
Pay close attention, because we don’t want to see you become another statistic!
Spear-phishing: Spear-phishing is a type of attack in which a con artist sends you an email that appears to be from someone you know. These emails can come with attachments that will download malware on your device if you click on it, or the con artist might simply facilitate a conversation in the hopes of collecting personal information for another attack later.
Spoofing: Spoofing typically refers to the manipulation of your caller ID so it displays a fake name and number. However, this can also be done with websites and email addresses. Con artists will do this to gain your trust in the hopes that you will provide them with privileged information.
Spyware: Spyware is a blanket term that refers to any type of malware that has been installed on your computer, cell phone or other connected devices, with the aim of tracking your actions and collecting information without your knowledge.
Vishing: This term is a combination of two words: voice and phishing. Vishing attacks are perpetrated when a recorded phone message prompts you to reveal sensitive information that can be used for identity theft.
Whaling: Whaling is essentially the same as phishing—but on a much larger scale. In these cases, it is common that corporate executives or payroll departments will be targeted, with con artists posing as a CEO, lawyer or other management-level employee in order to gain trust and access.
With so many types of attacks being launched on a daily basis, it is vital for consumers and businesses alike to remain vigilant. A failure to adopt better security practices can leave your life savings, your assets and your future to chance. At The Milford Bank, we believe that technology has the ability to help you make smarter financial decisions. But you’ve got to recognize the responsibility that comes along with it.
To learn more about how to protect the financial future of yourself, your family or your business, stop by any office of The Milford Bank. You can also learn more by checking out our Online Learning Center by clicking here.