Cyber-Schemes: Do You Know the Signs?

We’re all increasingly vulnerable to cyber-schemes designed to steal sensitive information like bank-account details and login credentials. The Artemis Lifestyles’ IT team has controls in-place to protect our network for our homeowners, but it’s a good idea to be on the lookout for cyber-schemes that could impact your accounts with financial institutions and online retailers.

Common Cyber-Schemes

  • Phishing: Hackers impersonate a real company, sending you an email asking you to verify your account details with a link that takes you to an imposter login screen. The fake login screen delivers your information directly to the attackers.
  • Spear Phishing: These more sophisticated email attacks include customized information like your name and phone number, tricking you into thinking the sender is connected to you so you’re more likely to click the link or attachment the sender provides.
  • Whaling: This strategy is aimed at getting you to transfer money or send sensitive information to an attacker. These look like normal emails from a company executive and ask you for sensitive data, including usernames, passwords and financial information.
  • Shared Document Phishing: These emails appear to come from file-sharing sites like Dropbox or Google Drive, alerting you that a document has been shared with you. The provided link takes you to a fake login page that steals your account credentials.

What You Can Do

  • Do not click on links or attachments from senders you don’t know. Be especially wary of .zip or other compressed file types.
  • Do not provide sensitive personal information (like usernames and passwords) via email.
  • Watch for email senders that use suspicious or misleading domain names.
  • Inspect URLs carefully to make sure they’re legitimate and not imposter sites.

If you receive an email that looks like a cyber-scheme, immediately contact your bank or the impacted online service or retailer.