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Nov 21, 2017

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Phishing for a Black Friday deal?

It’s that time of year again, where we put ourselves through retail torture with the potential promise of saving a few quid. Yes that’s right it’s the Black Friday/Cyber Monday weekend combo. Though, if you’re anything like me, all the purchasing will be done from the comfort of your front room. It would seem I am not alone either, as Britons spent a record £5.8 billion over last year’s bumper weekend, with online retailers taking £2.8 billion of this.

Our spontaneous and urgent need to have the next big thing in time for Christmas, and at a bargain price, creates the perfect storm for opportunists to exploit using seemingly genuine spoof emails. In fact, phishing attacks increase by as much as 336%*over the Black Friday weekend.

Both the consumers and the employees could be at risk from email, texts and social media scams. There is such a hype around Black Friday weekend, it would be easy for an employee to get distracted and accidentally click on the wrong thing. The best advice we can provide is to educate your employees on what to do if you ever receive a suspicious email. I know we’ve circulated to before, but our helpful guide on the best practices for suspicious emails doubles up as a great poster. 

Phishing tactics are becoming more realistic. Not only have we recently seen malicious emails that look like they’ve been sent from a colleague, a common technique is to embed a link to a replicated website that is purely for the purpose of stealing bank account details. Make sure you empower your colleagues to challenge anything that just doesn’t look right and stay free from email induced cybercrime this Black Friday.