How to Avoid Highly-Sophisticated Phishing Scams

Phishing is a type of cyber attack that uses fraudulent means to trick people into giving up sensitive information, from credit card and social security numbers to confidential business data. Unlike with other types of cyberattacks, there are limited technical means of combatting them. While spam filters will help weed out some phishing emails, the best and most effective way to combat phishing attacks is to raise awareness among users.

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Scam Alert: "Malware Warning" Pop-Ups

We’ve written in the past about phone scams where a criminal poses as a representative from “Microsoft Support,” asking for credit card payment to perform some necessary maintenance on someone’s computer. Thankfully, increased education on cybersecurity has raised consumer awareness of scams like these, but criminals have gotten even smarter at figuring out ways to steal your information.

Over the last six months, and increasingly in the last few weeks, though, we’ve seen multiple instances, as well as reports from others, of a new variation on this scam, which is even trickier.

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