Top Social Media Email Phishing Subjects
42% LinkedIn Phishing Emails – You appeared in new searches this week! etc.
21% Facebook – Your friend tagged you…
10% Twitter – Someone has send you a Direct Message on Twitter
10% Chrome – Login alert on Motorola Moto X
9% Voicemail to Email – New Voice Message at 1AM
8% Spam – 55th Anniversary and Free Pizza!
LinkedIn messages continue to dominate the top social media email subjects, with several variations of messages such as “people are looking at your profile” or “add me.” Other alerts containing security-related warnings come unexpectedly and can cause feelings of alarm. Messages such as a friend tagged you in a photo or mentioned you can make someone feel special and entice them to click. And everyone loves free pizza!
As high as 30% of untrained staff have proven to fall prey to these phishing emails in our security awareness audits. Did you inadvertently pay that fake invoice? According to the Competition Bureau 95% of people don’t even report the fraud to authorities. https://www.competitionbureau.gc.ca/eic/site/cb-bc.nsf/eng/02600.html
Ready to do something about it?
Reach out to our team and we’ll arrange a free Security Awareness Audit to put together a training plan for your team. Education and training is less costly than you might think, and not as intrusive on your team where the benefits far outweigh the efforts. Call us at 905-524-2001 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org to get started.
Could you spot this fake?
According to Government of Canada Competition Bureau:
Four individuals were convicted in April 2004 as a result of their involvement in sending out mail appearing to be bills or invoices from Bell Canada or Yellow Pages directories. In fact, they were solicitations to have the recipients’ business details appear in Internet‑based directories operating under the names Yellow Business Pages.com and Yellow Business Directory.com.
Between May and December 2000, these individuals sent mail to an estimated 900,000 business and non‑profit organizations in Canada. The Competition Bureau received more than 4,400 complaints about the phoney invoices, which asked victims to send amounts of either $25.52 or $37.40 to a post office box in Toronto. This scheme generated over $1 million.