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The Spear Phishing Email That Tricks You At Work

The Spear Phishing Email That Tricks You At Work

E-mail Scams are constantly evolving and getting more and more sophisticated but now there is a new scam out that can possibly trick you into the scam.

I believe if counter measures are not quick to act then I wonder if there will be any trust left in us when we receive any email or text ?

Being ever vigilant each day on the email’s we receive is becoming or has become a daily routine for most of us and it is geting the message out there as much as possible to educate people not to open or respond to emails that ask for verification or updated private information. If a website wants to update it’s records then it will ask you when you sign in.

Never give personal information or security passwords to links in emails or callers phoning from any bank or anything, If they want your details then say you will phone them yourselves.

Not long ago a lot of us could identify a scam quite easily and we would not be fooled on the too good to be true money prizes wins or the heartfelt pleas for money which came out the blue!  these were and still are laughable!

If you look at the the present day scams out there you can be fooled if you are caught of guard as they come across quite ordinary as emails, text messages and even social media adverts.

With emails always check the email address and you will see it is not a correct address of the business you deal with.

For example pay pal scams normally have pay pal spelt wrong followed by a series of letters and numbers. Whenever pay pal want information from you then they ask you when you next log in.

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Social Media Scams

There are a lot of social media groups on Facebook for example of adverts advertising business opportunities but these are more or less multi level marketing schemes at you pay up front for. People need to know the difference from a business opportunity and a job offer, You don’t pay for a job where a business you will have start up fees.

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Last week Action Fraud announced that there is a new scam on the scene that tries to trick people while they are at work and it has been labelled spear phishing.

Action Fraud is the UK’s national reporting center for fraud and cyber crime where you should report fraud if you have been scammed, defrauded or experienced cyber crime in England, Wales and Northern Ireland.

How does It Work?

The Spear phishing Email that tricks you at work involves the scam artist sending an email that to you appears to be from someone you know or from a trusted email address. The aim again is to get at your personal information by tricking you into thinking it is from someone you know.

Action Fraud explained that a recent case of this tactic was to send an individual an email while they were at work from what he or she thought was an email from a work colleague in the same business and the sender was requesting a new faster payment system was required for processing payments however the attachment in the email does not contain any malware virus but includes fake bank details.

The aim is for the victim to send the payment to the wrong bank details so when it bounces back and they contact what they believe to be a co-worker to notify them then the scam artist sends real bank details back via email to receive the payment.

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As you can imagine, thousands of these emails are sent out and some are successful as it comes across as quite routine and far from sinister.

As I mentioned before a good way to spot these emails is to check the email address as the address will be slightly different to your works email address so If you are in work I urge you to always double check this and always double check with a co-worker first especially over payments.

Criminals are always evolving new tactics to trick out of our money, They remain faceless hiding behind their keyboards however cyber security is catching up and does find criminals hiding out on the dark web as very recently a global gang was caught and jailed which you can read here: Cyber Gang Jailed

Be Vigilant

Scams can come through any means of contact, the most common is via email or phone calls but there are now scams coming through as text messages, websites and even companies that you are familiar with.

Never cooperate with any request for personal information that they try and persuade you to hand over your private details or money, downloading something will almost certainly infect your computer with a virus to extract information.

I have had this and I never respond to the emails or text messages, I simply log in to the organisations website through my own search bar and if it is legit then a notification with pop up.

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Never actually open the email fully just delete it as with the text messages.

I have had y bank phone me on occasions and I have refused to cooperate instead I politely explain that I will contact the bank myself  and go through to the necessary department. This does take a while but I’d rather do that than risk the call being a scam.

Advice from Action Fraud to help you to protect yourself:

  • Never assume that anyone who’s sent you an email or text message or has called your phone or left you a voicemail message is who they say they are as anyone can say anything.
  • If a phone call or voicemail, email or text message asks you to make a payment, log in to an online account or offers you a deal then never do as instructed!!  You will find that banks and other financial institutions will never email you for passwords or a request other sensitive information by asking you to click a link and visiting a website.
  • If you receive a call from someone who claims to be from your bank, don’t reveal any personal details, just say you will phone your bank yourself to verify the request. If it is a real bank calling you then they will respect your decision.

I hope you all remain safe with this new scam that is out there and if you have any experience with this scam then please let me know in the comments below.

stay safe!



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8 thoughts to “The Spear Phishing Email That Tricks You At Work”

  1. That is very interesting, I’m always worried about scams and such. I’ve often wondered if I was overly paranoid. apparently not! Thanks for the information on scams. I’ll be much more observant of emails in the future thanks to this!

    1. Hi Amanda

      Yes its so worrying who to actually trust! just be vigilant that’s all you can be The Spear Phishing Email That Tricks You At Work scam probably will need extra vigilance as we are always in the zone at work and not as alert as we would be at home.

  2. I have heard of the other scams you mentioned in this post. But, “Spear Phishing Email” is new one me. No matter how good internet and email security gets, scammers will always find away. Thank you for the good information. Now, I know to watch out for spear fishing emails.

    1. Hi Sean

      its frightening how they keep coming up with something new isn’t it.

      I never knew about Sphere Phishing either, I came across it while reading an article in my local newspaper so thought it a good idea to help get the message out there!

  3. Thank you Darren for this very informative advice. I was onced tricked by a con-email making me believe that I was chosen for a job in Germany. It felt real because I remember applying to a certain company in Germany. They even sent a message with a company’s letterhead and a number. What made me raise the red flag was when they asked me to send money via Western Union to facilitate the visas and all paper works. Newbie to certain frauds at that time, I did send money because I thought what would 50 USD do any harm… but alas, it indeed harmed me. After sending the money, the “company” started to make excuses. From delays to eventually no replies at all. Thinking about it, who processes Visa for 50 USD… hehehe… I was naive back then, but not now. Several still lurk. Once in a while I receive emails from the Prince of Timbuktu, a Finance Manager from a certain Island country, a rich man who wants benefactors, to me winning a big sum in a US lottery. All of these, thanks to a 50 USD experience, I learned a big lesson. With that, I totally agree with all that you shared. Being cautious is better and when it feels to good to be true, then it probably is not really true. Thanks for this bro =)

    1. Hi buddy

      Your welcome and it just goes to show from your own experience that they also prey on hope.

      I’ve actually had one today disguised as a drop box document which went straight into my work inbox from my colleague. I signed into my drop box via my phone app to check and guess what! no documents there. I could of been of guard which could of easily happened and signed in through the email.

      yes I get a few emails from our mutual friend from Timbuktu ! He’s a trier isn’t he! lol

      take care bro

  4. These people know no limits and are the lowest of the low.

    I’ve not heard of this type of scam before but it’s probably one of the most dangerous.

    Businesses tend to swap huge amounts of revinue so this area can bring bigger financial rewards.

    I hope web security catches up with this scam soon!

    The spear phishing scam that targets you at work seems to be a nasty one for sure.

    1. The Spear Phishing Email That Tricks You At Work scam is very deceiving and can have a massive impact on one’s health after the scam has been successful through stress and worry if you’ve lost your company thousands of pounds or dollars.

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