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Phishing scams are at all-time high

by Emily-Rose Hill (Posted under: General Virus Intrusion Prevention )

Phishing scams are at all-time high.

Did you know, 1 in 5 employees open a phishing email without realising?

Phishing scams is a method used by fraudsters to access personal and company data. Phishing attacks rose 21% during 2015 totalling an estimate of 95,556; costing British consumers a total of 174.4m over the course of the year. 29% of all reported phishing emails were also found to contain potentially malicious links which when clicked, could deliver malware to a victim’s computer within seconds.

Spear phishing is also one you can’t ignore. Spear phishing is an email that appears to be from an individual or a business that you know. But it isn’t, it’s from the criminals that want your credit card and bank account details. Your name and email address can be found easily online IE Linked In and other social media. Phishing attempts are directed at specific individuals.

This could cost your business thousands!

Employee behaviours that can put you and your company at risk:

  • Opening attachments, or clicking on links within emails that are unsolicited or unexpected.

  • Accounts/Purchase Ledger opening what they believe is legit emails from senior employees, suppliers or contractors.

  • Responding to emails that ask for your personal or financial details.

  • Logging in to a webpage that you have arrived at via a link in an email.


Harlequin CDIS can help

By deploying our own phishing solution we are able to test and identify those using areas of your business that fall foul of those types of scams.

We are able to provide a comprehensive report detailing who, when and how users interact with these sorts of messages. Should it be required, we are then able to provide training and support to all employees.


Contact us to find out how Harlequin CDIS can help prevent phishing and other scam attacks in your business!

Common Internet Scams

by Emily-Rose Hill (Posted under: General Virus Intrusion Prevention )

The internet is an exciting place, full of information, products and services which the vast majority of us use without issue. But, as we know, there are criminals who take advantage of the anonymity of the online world to deceive, hack and steal if the opportunity arises.The good news is by following the easy precautions highlighted on Cyber Streetwise, it will significantly improve your chances of avoiding internet scams and enjoy being online.


Phishing scams are when fraudsters send fake emails, social networking posts etc. That are designed to gain your sesative infomation and/or money.


Cyber Criminals will try to hack your computer/tablet/smartphone to gain access to your senative infomation in order to commit fraud and other crimes.