Scammers and hackers are often looking for ways to get personal and financial data from unsuspecting folks. Currently two phishing schemes are showing up in people's e-mail. Phishing is the fraudulent practice of sending emails that appear to be from reputable, trustworthy companies or organizations in order to trick individuals into revealing sensitive information, such as usernames, passwords, credit card numbers, or other personal or financial data. Don't fall prey to these scams.
The first phishing scam always appears this time of year, the W‑2 scam. More employers are sending W‑2s to employees in an e-mail. Scammers rely upon this convenience to impersonate the human resources department of the employer and encourage the recipient to click on a link or open a file to view what is supposedly the W‑2. Instead, the scammers gain access to the user's log-in credentials and other sensitive information. For more details about this type of scam, read the post 'Be on the Watch for W‑2 Phishing Scams!' on the KnowBe4 website.
With the difficulty many folks have trying to get a COVID-19 vaccination, a new phishing scheme has appeared. The scam e-mail claims to be from a health service organization and tells the recipients that they have been selected to get a vaccine shot. If unsuspecting victims click the enclosed link or acceptance button, they are taken to an official looking website that prompts for personal details including mother's maiden name, credit card numbers, or banking data (info not needed for a vaccine appointment). More details about this scam (currently happening in the United Kingdom but could appear anywhere) are available in the post 'U.K. Phishing Attack Targets Those Seeking the COVID-19 Vaccine' on the KnowBe4 website.