Those of us who have been facing a screen for years are not immune from being cheated or swindled one day, but at least we have some respect before we open an email. You know the clients, if you get press releases, the communication agencies, too.
But, if because of the coronavirus, you have been working from home for a couple of months, apart from getting organized, you have to be on the lookout for ‘phishing’ or what is the same: a way of extracting personal information to steal or swindle you.
Clever swindlers take advantage of the current situation by abusing the trust of the recipient. A Google search for the terms “email” and “crown” results in phishing related hits.
The current context has made teleworking or SME networking more common than it was a few months ago. The aim is to escape from the coronavirus but, unfortunately, there are other types of viruses that can affect those customers you have on the Internet. Online shopping, teleworking, are the scenes of these attacks.
What should you do?
- Do not agree to requests for information. In case of doubt, consult the company or service directly through the official mechanisms provided on their official website.
- Under no circumstances should you reply to these emails.
- Under no circumstances should you follow any links that may be provided in the fraudulent e-mail or download any files that are attached.
- Delete it and, if you wish, alert your contacts about this fraud. Report it.
Bad times for new teleworkers, but good times for being alert and not falling into traps that have existed for too long. Calm and thoughtfulness before opening an email is essential.