If you’re like me, you’ve probably seen a whole lot of phishing attempts come your way especially during the current COVID pandemic. It seems that the scammers are working overtime to trick people into things that will cost them money, security, or their identity. Most of us in the IT world can detect these scams more easily than others in our organizations, but the scams are becoming so convincing that it is becoming harder and harder to detect them with our cybersecurity tools or even with good common sense. The new generation of scammers is smart, sophisticated, and patient. These crooks are no longer made up of a few people in a Nigerian internet café on a 56k modem; they are professionals with nice workspaces, broadband connections, and they’re even using analytics to determine who to attack.
I know some very smart people who have been swindled out of six-figure sums of money, so this is not something that should be taken lightly. Once upon a time it was senior citizens who were being targeted, but now everyone is a target.