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Don’t fall for phishing emails

Phishing email example

ANR's IT team has seen an increase in the number of spoofed emails, a form of phishing or spam email.

Email spoofing is the forgery of an email so that the message appears to be from someone or somewhere other than the actual source.

The goal here is to persuade you to assist the “supervisor” in purchasing some gift cards. The email is structured in a sense that indicates the supervisor is not available, there is a certain sense of urgency and validity, and it is sent from a mobile device.

Spoofed email example

There are also other clues within the email. Even though the name of the supervisor is correct, the email address is not and is not part of the organization. Scratching the back of the card to get the code doesn't make sense, especially if you are planning to give it to your clients, customers, etc.

The best thing to do with these types of phishing emails is simply to call or text your supervisor's known cell phone number and confirm before making a purchase.

Posted on Friday, February 15, 2019 at 5:21 PM

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