There is a high degree of uncertainty and trepidation as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Cyber criminals are taking advantage of this fear to launch attacks on the vulnerable via social engineering.

Social engineering is a cyber crime referring to the use of deception or manipulation of individuals to divulge personal or confidential information for fraudulent purposes. It is important that your Board Members and staff are aware of this so that they can avoid becoming victims.

Here are some hints to share with your Board and Staff:

  • Most e-mail phishing campaigns include malicious links. If you are not expecting an email, do not click any links it may contain.
  • Make sure to never send any login credentials via email, even to familiar emails. This includes both usernames and passwords.
  • You can verify an email came from a legitimate sender by checking their email address for any misspellings. This is a sure sign the email is malicious. Also check for any inconsistencies in their email.
  • If you receive an unexpected or suspicious email from someone you know, call the sender to make sure they actually sent that email.
  • Before sending any wire transfers, make sure to confirm all the banking information via phone with the intended recipient. Do not send any confidential banking information through email.
  • There are professional security awareness training companies out there to help you and your employees in this fight.

We hope that you and your family remain safe, in terms of both health and security, during this challenging time. To read more on the types of scams that might be prevalent at this time, click here.