We want to bring to your attention a very important issue affecting online security: email phishing scams.
Recently, we have seen an increase in these messages targeted to GAAPP members. They are also becoming more sophisticated and can be a significant threat to our organizations. We all must remain alert and take the necessary steps to protect ourselves and our company from these cyber threats.
Here are some important tips on how to avoid falling victim to email phishing scams:
- Verify the Sender:
- Always double-check the sender’s email address. Scammers often use email addresses that appear similar to legitimate ones, with minor variations. They may even have a team member’s name attached to them (e.g., Tonya Winders).
- If you receive an unexpected email from a colleague or a supervisor asking for sensitive information or money transfers, confirm it through another means of communication (e.g., a phone call or an in-person conversation). Keep in mind GAAPP will never ask you for money.
- Be Cautious of Unexpected Attachments and Links:
- Do not open attachments or click on links in emails from unknown or unverified sources.
- Hover your mouse over links to preview the URL. Ensure it matches the expected destination.
- Watch for Urgency and Emotional Appeals:
- Phishing emails often create a sense of urgency or use emotional language to manipulate recipients into taking hasty actions. Be skeptical of such emails.
- Enable Spam Filters and Email Authentication:
- Ensure your email service provider’s spam filters are enabled to help filter out potential phishing emails.
- Educate Yourself:
- Become familiar with the common signs of phishing emails, such as misspelled words, generic greetings, and requests for personal information.
- Report Suspicious Emails:
- If you suspect an email is a phishing attempt, report it to GAAPP immediately.
Remember, your awareness and watchfulness are our first lines of defense against email phishing scams. If you have any concerns or questions about email security, please don’t hesitate to reach out.