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Scam of the Week: Fake Video Calls Are a Quick Score for Scammers

Posted on Friday, December 11, 2020 in Privacy & Security

With so many organizations still working remotely, bad guys continue to target you by spoofingCredit Cards with a padlock on top of them popular video conferencing software, such as Zoom and MicrosoftTeams. Video-conference themed phishing attacks can come in all shapes and sizes. For example, you may receive a phony welcome email that asks you to set up your new account, or, you could receive an email claiming that you need to reschedule a missed meeting. As a more alarming example, you may receive a fake notice that your account has been suspended and you cannot join a meeting without first clicking the link in the email.

No matter what tactic the bad guys use, stay safe from video-conference themed scams by following these tips:

  • Never impulsively click on a link within an email that you weren't expecting.
  • Check the from and reply-to mail addresses. Watch out for domain misspellings such as "Zooom" or "Teans", as this is a common trick used by scammers.
  • When you're asked to log in to an account or online service, navigate to the official website and log in. That way, you can ensure you're logging in to the real site and not a phony look-alike.

Stop, Look, and Think. Don't be fooled.
The KnowBe4 Security Team

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