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    U.K. Royal Mail-related Phishing Scams Are Up 645%

    UK Mail Phishing Scams Up by 645%

    New data from CheckPoint highlights how scammers are using simple shipping-related social engineering scams to trick victims into giving up personal information and credit card details.

    In many cases, all it takes it a convincing Sender name in an email and reasonably recognizable life scenario to trick a user into falling prey to a phishing scam. According to CheckPoint, March of this year saw a massive 645% increase in the number of scams in the wild.

    The scams identified varied in tactics, with some seeking to gather credit card information, as shown below, while others attempted to install malware by means of malicious links.

    Royal Mail Phishing 1

    Source: Checkpoint

    Nearly 140 malicious Royal Mail-related websites were identified by CheckPoint that utilized convincing-looking forms to get users to submit their personal information.

    In some cases, these scams were focused on individuals, while a wave of Royal Mail-themed attacks targeted businesses. According to CheckPoint, one out of every 35 organizations in the UK were the target of such attacks.

    The impersonation of the Royal Mail provides the bad guys with a broad opportunity to find many victims. We saw this same kind of attack in the U.S. late last year pretending to be the USPS or Fedex.

    It’s important for individuals and employees to remain vigilant – even when an email is coming from a well-known service. If you’re not expecting an email from that postal carrier, business, bank, etc., don’t engage with it. Users can undergo continual Security Awareness Training to increase their ever-present state of cyber-vigilance, helping to better protect the organization from phishing based attacks.

    Free Phishing Security Test

    Would your users fall for convincing phishing attacks? Take the first step now and find out before the bad guys do. Plus, see how you stack up against your peers with phishing Industry Benchmarks. The Phish-prone percentage is usually higher than you expect and is great ammo to get budget.

    PST Results

    Here’s how it works:

    • Immediately start your test for up to 100 users (no need to talk to anyone)
    • Select from 20+ languages and customize the phishing test template based on your environment
    • Choose the landing page your users see after they click
    • Show users which red flags they missed, or a 404 page
    • Get a PDF emailed to you in 24 hours with your Phish-prone % and charts to share with management
    • See how your organization compares to others in your industry

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