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Cybercriminals Preying on #Brexit Fears

Tue, 07/05/2016 - 18:51 -- Rachel Cunningham

Just as the #brexit hashtag was rising to the top of the trending news for the world last week, so was the email scam that plays off that hype. A new phishing email is making it’s way around with a subject line that hints at some huge imminent economic or political disaster, in the hope that potential victims won't be able to resist the temptation to find out all the 'juicy details'.

Reports have shown that one of the more commonly used subject lines is: 'Brexit causes historic market drop'. These emails contain a link or attachment claiming to clear up just exactly what is being effected by Brexit, but clicking to find out could install malware on your computer. The email could also prompt you to enter any personal information or passwords that could render you a victim of a phishing scam.

You could be at a higher risk of receiving one of these Brexit scam emails if you have been openly opinionated on social media.  Cybercriminals are starting to utilize social media and trending terms to target victims who might be more likely to click on something out of fear or worry.

Exercise caution anytime you see an email from an unknown source and especially if it talks about Brexit in the subject line. Don’t open any attachments or click any links in this sort of email. Double check with the sender to see if they sent this email to you because cybercriminals are excellent at creating spoof emails that may seem legit. Also, delete the email out of your inbox and Brexit that malicious situation immediately.

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