According to a latest twitter poll run by Lincolnshire Trading Standards, 91 per cent of people don’t know the difference between phishing, smishing or vishing. The poll also showed that 46 per cent of people had been targeted by scammers, either via email, post, mail, text or phone. Emma Milligan, principal trading standards officer at Lincolnshire County Council, said: “Scams are changing and evolving all the time, so its important to be aware and understand new types of scams.
From the results of our poll, it is clear that scammers are targeting people in Lincolnshire and that we need to do more to educate residents about new scams.” Tips for staying safe include never give your PIN, bank card or bank details to anyone, keep passwords and PINs safe, don’t write them down and don’t disclose them, the police and your bank will never ask for your PIN, bank details or cards, if you are contacted by someone who asks for these, hang up immediately and check statements regularly for transactions that you do not recognise.
To fight spear phishing scams, employees need to be aware of the threats, such as the possibility of bogus emails landing in their inbox. Besides education, technology that focuses on email security is necessary.