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What is a spoofing attack?

Spoofing is the dark art of using disguise for fraudulent purposes. Criminals alter small details to convince targets they are a trustworthy source.  Spoofing is a tactic fraudsters use over the phone, on websites, by text messages, and more.

One particularly common medium fraudsters target is email. Spoofing is often a key feature of phishing campaigns.

What is email spoofing?

When an email looks like it’s from a trusted sender but it’s actually sent by a fraudster, it’s called spoofing.

It may appear to be from a business you frequent or a financial institution. The intent is to get you to open it by pretending it’s from a legitimate source. The trick works when a fraudster is able to capture information like login credentials and passwords.

How to identify email spoofing

  • Email links to websites with addresses different than the correct domain (such as nocom)
  • Wrong sender address, usually obvious after the “@”
  • Website addresses that don’t begin with “https” (secure connection)
  • Request to verify information through a link

Tips to stop spoofing from happening to you

  • Choose strong passwords, and don’t share them with anyone
  • Think twice before sharing personal details on social media (birthdates, addresses, mother’s maiden name, pets’ names, etc.)
  • Don’t supply personal information via unsolicited emails, texts, or phone calls
  • Only open attachments or click on links that come from a trusted source
  • Be wary of urgent or time-sensitive warnings
  • Before clicking, hover over links in an email to see where they are going to take you

Situations like this can be stressful! If you receive a suspicious email, don’t give out any information. If you aren’t sure what to do, call us at 800.433.1837. Numerica is here for your financial well-being.

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July 13, 2024