How many scams and spam messages do you receive on a daily basis? We bet it’s more than you think. Scams affect countless individuals and can cost a pretty penny if they are not handled appropriately. Let’s go over why some individuals might be more likely to fall for scams than others, as well as what you can do to keep your employees from inadvertently costing your company
First, we need to establish just how many scams people are falling for. One great example is the classic lottery scam, something which created losses of up to $200 million dollars, with the modern costs having been doubled. The reason for this is simple: the more scams that are out there, the more people will fall for them, and the Internet has allowed these scams even more exposure than ever before. Another example is real estate scams and the Bernie Madoff scam, something which defrauded investors over $64 billion dollars.
The unfortunate truth of the matter is that there are plenty of companies out there that are in the business of scamming people, and with the costs of running these types of scams decreasing, more people are using this business model to scam others out of their house and home.
It is also often difficult to find those responsible for these scams, as they tend to operate out of nations where there is no law enforcement infrastructure to tackle them. You might pick up a phone call from your local area code only to find someone on the other end of the phone trying to sell you on your car’s extended warranty. They are using a routing program to spoof the number, making it more likely to appear to be from a local phone number.
People are also falling victim to scams in large part due to their increasing levels of complexity. These days, scams use the name of popular brands to try to leverage them against users, and some might even take on the guise of someone within your organization (perhaps even your C-suite employees). If someone asks one of your employees to fork over sensitive information, they might ignore the warning signs and fulfill the request, even if it doesn’t make sense from a security standpoint.
People are more likely to fall victim to these scams if the person on the other end of the scam is friendly, personable, and familiar (or familiar enough to get them to act). Young people are more likely to fall victim to these scams, and with the workplace made up of more millennials than ever before, the odds of them falling for scams are higher than ever. Older employees, on the other hand, tend to interact only with their direct colleagues or coworkers, so they are not targeted as often as younger employees. That said, there were over 1.2 trillion phishing emails sent in 2020, and that number continues to rise every year, so everyone remains a target.
You’ll need to take all the appropriate steps to protect your business from scams, much of which entails educating your employees on the telltale signs of scams. Here are some tips and tricks to keep an eye on:
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About the author
Sam is a network engineer with a broad range of experience spanning more than 35 years. He wrote is first piece of code in 1979 and has been involved with the industry ever since. For the last 20 years, he has worked for SCW Consulting where he has embraced his passion for network technology and security.
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