Spoofing is a type of cyber attack where an attacker impersonates or "spoofs" another person or organization to gain access to the victim's sensitive information, steal data, or spread malicious software.

How to spot a spoofing attempt

Here are some ways to spot a spoofing attempt:

  • Watch out for emails and text messages with strange content or request that appear to be from a reliable source.
  • If a call seems to be from a trustworthy source, but you're not sure, try calling the organization back using a known phone number.
  • Be wary of requests for personal information, especially if they come from an unexpected source or via unusual channels like email or a phone call.
  • If you receive a message with a link, hover over the link to see where it leads. If it looks strange, do not click on it.
  • Be cautious of pop-ups or requests to download software, as this might be an attempt to install harmful apps on your device.
  • Be careful of fake websites that look like real ones. Attackers use this method to trick you into giving them your personal information.

What happens when you respond to a spoofing attempt

The consequences of responding to a spoofing attempt can vary based on the information you disclose. Typically, attackers gain access to your information to commit various forms of fraud, such as stealing money, identity theft, distributing harmful apps, or obtaining additional sensitive data.

It's important not to respond and to report the attempt to the right people.

How to avoid becoming a victim of spoofing

  • Educate yourself on how to spot common spoofing attempts and stay informed of the latest threats.
  • Never disclose sensitive or confidential information.
  • Think before you click. Avoid opening links and attachments from unknown senders.
  • Keep an eye out for anything unusual, such as messages with strange wording or errors, unanticipated account modification requests, etc.
  • Create strong and unique account passwords. Use Trend Micro Password Generator to help you generate better passwords for your accounts.

  • Set up Two-Factor Authentication for your online accounts.
  • Shield your email from scams with good Antivirus software like Trend Micro Maximum Security.

What to do after realizing you've been scammed

  1. Change your online account passwords immediately.
  2. Contact your financial institutions, including your bank, and see how they can help you further.
  3. Report the scam to prevent more victims.

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