Phishing scams targeting business owners
LINCOLN, Neb. (KOLN) – According to the Better Business Bureau, phishing scams are common but can usually be spotted. Phishing scams are a link sent through an email, text or social media platform. It will appear legitimate and come from a known source. While some scams require extensive hacking to gain access to personal information, with a phishing scam, simply clicking on a URL can spell disaster.
“Phishing scams are a very easy way to affect not only consumers but also business owners,” said Josh Planos of the Better Business Bureau, “The effects are incredibly damaging, one compromised account can result in millions dollars in lost revenue The steps required to get your account back online is like falling into the wormhole.
Phishing has become so common that it’s actually the second most common type of scam since the start of 2021.
One of the most important rules when it comes to hackers is that if something looks fishy, it probably is. If the URL doesn’t make sense, it’s best not to click on it. If your email has access to it, hover over the link to make sure it’s not fraudulent.
One of the best ways to protect yourself from phishing scams and hackers in general is to simply change your passwords regularly and add two-factor authentication. The BBB said Facebook in particular can be an easy target for businesses and fake confirmations.
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“It’s very easy to model an authentication-type email for a consumer or for a business owner to say ‘hey, we want you to improve your security.’ I would make it a habit to go into your account settings on Facebook to stay up to date on steps you can take to create more encrypted communication,” Planos said. “Once these accounts go dark, it’s no guarantee they’ll ever come back into the light.”
If you click on a dodgy link, the BBB says the best thing to do is change passwords immediately. It only takes a few minutes before your entire system is compromised.
If you notice a phishing scam, report it to the Better Business Bureau. They are in constant contact with local law enforcement, working to stop scams and prevent anyone from becoming a victim.
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