Getting Hooked


Keeping You Safe One Click at a Time

We've all heard the saying, "there's plenty more fish in the sea." But what they don't always tell you is the dangers of Phishing. Being aware of your surroundings online can prevent you from falling victim to the fraudulent practice of perpetrators probing your personal emails and online forums inducing individuals to reveal personal information like passwords and credit card information. This practice is better known as "phishing." Phishing is one of many information security scams we should be on the lookout for when probing. First Guaranty Bank strives to keep our customers informed and armed with information to help protect them from online perpetrators. Read more below about the most recent updates and active scams. Stay alert to avoid getting hooked. 


 

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KnowBe4 Scam of the Week: Watch out for W2 and Tax Fraud Phishing

 

The bad guys are starting their tax scams early this season! All employees should look out for urgent emails and phone calls supposedly coming from the IRS or tax-related companies in the next few months.

For all employees, if you receive a phone call from the IRS claiming you owe back taxes and must pay, don’t fall for it. This is a common scam that they try every year.

And HR and Accounting teams should be on even higher alert. Cyber attackers are now combining two scams-in-one. First, they ask you to send them the W-2 forms of all employees, with the email looking like it comes from the CEO or a C-level executive. Next, they follow up with an urgent request to transfer a large sum of money to a bank account controlled by these cyber criminals.

Remember that when you receive sudden requests like this, they may be spoofed emails. You should double check by picking up the phone to verify that this is a legitimate request coming from that executive. In these cases, it's OK to “say NO to the CEO".

This tax season, stay alert for scams like this, and Think Before You Click!

 

Stop, Look, and Think. Don't be fooled.
The KnowBe4 Security Team
KnowBe4.com


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KnowBe4 Scam of the Week: Cryptocurrency Scams, More Than a “Bit” Unsettling

Cryptocurrency is now being used by the bad guys to scam you. If you’ve never heard of cryptocurrency, it is a digital currency that uses encryption methods to secure transactions. Completely managed online, it’s a “no banks for your bucks” type service.

Cryptocurrencies, like Bitcoin and Ripple, are appealing to individuals looking to make an investment. Unfortunately, the bad guys are making an investment of their own - it involves you being fooled!

Here’s how the scam goes: The bad guys send phishing emails claiming there was a bitcoin (BTC) transaction made to, or from, you. It mimics the alert you would normally receive from an online wallet. Something like,

“A payment of 0.791049 BTC has been received into your wallet and is pending confirmation.”

Then they ask you to click a link to view or confirm your transaction. The bad guys expect you to click without thinking, since it involves your finances! That’s when the bad guys win.

The best way to combat this scam? STAY ALERT! Don’t be a victim. Before clicking a link within an email, hover over it to see where it will take you.

 

Let's stay safe out there!

Stop, Look, and Think. Don't be fooled.
The KnowBe4 Security Team
KnowBe4.com


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KnowBe4 Scam of the Week: World's Largest Phishing Botnet Grows Evasive

There is a new email scam you need to watch out for. Bad guys are sending emails that have an archive file as an attachment. They often look like a voicemail message you have missed. Assume these attachment files are guilty until proven innocent!

Do NOT click on the zip file to listen to the message. Instead, delete the file or follow the reporting procedures put in place by your organization.

 

Let's stay safe out there!

Stop, Look, and Think. Don't be fooled.
The KnowBe4 Security Team
KnowBe4.com