Beware of emails imitating to be someone else, as this could cost you dearly. This time of the year we often see an increase in email fraud. Please be vigilant and put the necessary measures in place.
It is when you receive an email from an entity posing as somebody they are not. The email will seem legitimate and this is what makes it so dangerous.
Email spoofing is the forgery of an email header (the header describes the originator, recipients and the message priority level) so that the message appears to have been sent from someone or somewhere other than the actual source. Email spoofing is used in phishing attempts and spam campaigns because people are more likely to open an email when they think it has been sent by a legitimate source. The goal of email spoofing is to get recipients to open, and possibly even respond to their attempt by e.g. replying to the email and providing more information or to click on a link that installs malware.
The easiest, and most effective way to treat a spoofed email, is to delete it. Be very careful to provide sensitive information such as credit card numbers and passwords, to click on links that could install malicious ware on your device and replying to a spoofed email.
Remember, these emails seem to be legitimate and the perpetrator could be impersonating somebody with authority from your company, such as the CEO or CFO.
Please be careful. Spoofing attacks are becoming increasing intelligent and more frequent. A few easy precautions could assist a great deal and save you face and money. If you suspect that you have been spoofed contact us immediately.