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How Scammers Have Put Companies and Individuals At Risk

It’s no surprise that scammers have become more creative regarding hacking. The increasing number of calls from Scam Likely indicates that scams are on the rise. But the rise of scams puts companies and individuals at a greater risk. There are serious consequences that come from cyberattacks. Find out what methods scammers use to place companies and individuals at risk from the Florida identity theft lawyers at Sharmin & Sharmin, Attorneys at Law, in today’s blog. 

How scammers have put companies and individuals at risk

False Sense of Trust

Scammers can introduce viruses and malware to companies and individuals through convincing emails. It’s common for hackers to send emails to someone’s personal or professional email address that contains malware. These emails can seem legitimate, almost as if they were sent from a credible company like Amazon. But these emails contain malware that allows hackers to access someone’s personal information. They may trick the person into submitting their password to gain access to their account.

False Sense of Urgency

Another method that hackers use with companies and individuals is to create a false sense of urgency. Scammers may send emails and voicemails that urge people to take action immediately. They may send notifications about deliveries not placed by the person to fool them into submitting their confidential information. You may not take the time to double-check whether you placed the order before submitting that information.

Identity Theft

Individuals who fall victim to these cyberattacks can have their confidential information stolen. They may become the victims of identity theft. Once hackers have access to their confidential information, they can use it for whatever purposes they want. Modern scammers are known to sell confidential information on the “dark web.”

Damaged Reputation

Individuals aren’t the only people who these attacks can harm. Scammers can also use these emails to access the company’s databases. Once they have this information, they can access thousands of employees’ and clients’ personal information.

Trying to recover from a data breach can leave companies bankrupt. Your company’s website may be compromised, causing the company to lose money. The company’s clients may even lose trust in them.

Clients don’t want to do business with irresponsible companies with their data. Scammers can cause so much harm to companies and individuals. Fortunately, there are some ways that both can protect themselves against scammers.

Protection For Companies

Companies can provide the best training for their employees. Knowing what scams are being used and how to combat them can prevent employees from submitting their personal information.

Companies can also encourage employees to strengthen their confidential information. Sometimes scammers can guess employees’ passwords if they’re too predictable. Companies should also encourage employees to share if they spot a scam. Sometimes scammers will send the same email out to multiple employees. Saying something can help other employees to remain aware of the Scam.

Protection for Individuals

Individuals can protect themselves by carefully reading each email sent to them. Don’t be so quick to submit personal data in an email, especially if it’s from a credible company. It’s unlikely that a company that already possesses your personal information would ask for it again in an email.

Individuals should also be cautious about emails that require downloading files or attachments. These attachments or downloads may have malware attached to them. Individuals also want to verify any alleged payments. It’s important to pay attention to how payment is accepted through email. It may be a scam if payment is accepted through wire transfers or gift cards.

Contact a Florida Identity Theft Attorney Today

When you have been the victim of identity theft, contact an experienced Florida identity theft attorney today to help restore your records. Call the office of Sharmin & Sharmin, Attorneys at Law, to schedule a consultation today.

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