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Wales (UK), July 12: We all like to think we’re safe from scams. We laugh at emails from an unknown sender offering us 2 million pounds in exchange for our bank details.
But the game has changed and scammers have developed some scary new tactics. They take a personal approach and scour the internet for all the details they can find about us.
Scammers are getting so good that even cyber security experts are fooled.
One of us (Oliver Buckley) remembers that in 2018 he received an email from his university’s pro-vice chancellor saying, “That’s it, I was thinking. I’m finally getting recognition people at the top. Something was wrong, though. Why was the pro vice-chancellor using his Gmail address? I asked how I could meet. He needed me to buy 800 pounds of cards from him. -iTunes freebies, and all I had to do was scratch his back and send him the code. Not wanting to drop him, I offered to drop by his assistant’s office and lend him the ticket from 5 books I had in my wallet. But I never heard from him.”
The infamous ‘Prince of Nigeria’ emails are out of fashion.
Instead, scammers scour social media, especially those related to companies like LinkedIn, to target people with personalized messages.
The strength of a relationship between two people can be gauged by inspecting their posts and comments. In Q1 2022, LinkedIn accounted for 52% of all phishing scams globally.

human tendencies
Psychologists who study obedience to authority know that we are more likely to respond to requests from people higher up in our social and professional hierarchies. And scammers know it too.
Scammers don’t need to spend a lot of time researching business structures. “I’m at the conference and my phone is out of credit. Can you ask XXX to send me the XXX report? runs a typical scam message.
Data from Google Safe Browsing shows that there are now nearly 75 times more phishing sites than malware sites on the Internet.
Nearly 20% of all employees are likely to click on phishing email links, and of those, 68% enter their credentials on a phishing website.
Globally, email spam costs businesses nearly $20 billion (£17 billion) every year.
Research by business consultant and tax auditor BDO found that six in ten medium-sized businesses in the UK were victims of fraud in 2020, suffering losses on average of £245,000.
Targets are normally chosen based on rank, age, or social status. Sometimes spam is part of a coordinated cyberattack against a specific organization, so targets are selected if they work or have ties to that organization.
Fraudsters use spambots to interact with victims who respond to the first hook email.
The bot uses recent information from LinkedIn and other social media platforms to gain the victim’s trust and trick them into giving valuable information or transferring money.
It started over the past two to three years with the addition of chatbots to websites to increase customer interactions. Recent examples include the Royal Mail chatbot scam, DHL Express and Facebook Messenger. Unfortunately for the public, many companies offer both free and paid services to create a chatbot.
And more technical solutions are available for scammers these days to conceal their identity, such as using anonymous communication channels or fake IP addresses.
Social media makes it easier for scammers to create believable emails called spear phishing.
The data we share every day gives fraudsters clues about our lives that they can use against us. It can be something as simple as a place you recently visited or a website you use.
Unlike general phishing (a lot of spam), this nuanced approach exploits our tendency to value information that is related to or about us.
When we check our full inbox, we often choose something that strikes a chord. This is what is called in psychology the illusory correlation: seeing things as related when they are not.

How to protect yourself
Even if you’re tempted to bait the scammers via email, don’t. Simply confirming that your email address is being used can make you a target for future scams.
There is also a more human element to these scams compared to the blanket bombing approach that scammers have favored over the past two decades. It’s oddly intimate.
An easy way to avoid being tricked is to double check sender details and email headers. Think about what information might be available about you, not just what you receive and from whom. If you have another way to contact this person, do so.
We all have to be careful with our data. The rule of thumb is if you don’t want someone to know, don’t post it.
The more advanced the technology, the easier it is to adopt a human approach.
Video call technology and messaging apps bring you closer to friends and family. But it’s giving people who would hurt you a window into your life. We must therefore use our human defences: instinct. If something is wrong, pay attention. (The conversation)
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