Phishing e-mails are designed to grab the attention of regular people who are checking their mailbox by giving them a variety of themes that appeal to their curiosity, moods, or hobbies. These are either business-related, personal, or explicit themes.
According to the GreatHorn Threat Intelligence Team, hackers have taken advantage of how X-Rated e-mails function and how they can mislead the human mind, with a surge of more than 900% in email frauds over the past year.
The goal of the email attacker is to put the user off balance, causing an emotional reaction that gets them to open an email and take a compromising actionThe GreatHorn Threat Intelligence Team, 2020
Phishing attacks account for more than 80% of reported security problems, according to CSO Online (2020) , and on average $17,700 is lost every minute due to phishing scams.
X-rated e-mails are designed to appear as authentic as possible, making users reconsider their decision to delete it. They use major company logos, ‘real-looking’ links, and professional e-mail layouts. Some phishing emails use nudity or pornography in their e-mails to trick people into sending money or gaining access to their personal computers.
What are the types of phishing email?
There are the obvious ones, such as when an email is sent from a suspicious e-mail address with a strange subject line. However, some are so well-designed that they appear to be a friendly e-mail from your favourite business.
This e-mail looks like it’s from Microsoft, and it’s about sharing files. Most people will assume it’s a valid e-mail since it contains the Microsoft logo and a respectable-looking link — from Google. However, you can tell it’s a phishing scam after reading the email content.
Many readers will skim through the text and assume it’s a business-related file-share. You will be directed to a dangerous website if you click any links in any suspicious e-mails.
Other types of e-mails are more picture-heavy, luring consumers to click on photos that would take them to a dangerous link or a site that would steal their banking information.
Some may even use threatening language, claiming that they already have your personal information and banking information and that you must click on their links to verify it.
DO NOT TRUST THIS. This is an easy way to get you to click on their links, with the virus or malware being downloaded onto your system, and gain access to your computer/data.
If in doubt, change your banking information.
What can you do about it?
Unfortunately, there’s no way of stopping receiving phishing e-mails, but there are ways of minimizing receiving them.
- Don’t open the actual email. This will notify the sender that the account is active, potentially resulting in a phishing assault or more phishing e-mails
- Make sure you have the latest version of your antivirus software
- Never click on any links or open any attachments in the email
- If you get phishing e-mails or anything that looks suspicious, flag it as spam and delete it immediately
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