Has this happened to you recently: You get an email from yourself asking you to click a link to see an agenda you didn’t write or for an invoice you never sent? The newest are people sending you pictures of checks that they supposedly put in the mail to you (hoping you click on the image which then makes nefarious things happen). Earlier this week I saw an email from myself with an exact duplicate of my own RPost signature asking me to click a link to register for a long-past webinar and download a strange document that was titled, “PO#09162020.doc”.
Almost everyone around the world is working from home, due to the imposed lockdown to battle the Covid-19 pandemic. This arrangement has a lot of benefits for both employees and employers. But, will the work from home continue even after the lockdown restrictions are lifted?
In these strange economic times, impostors have identified an overworked company department. With Human Resource (HR) departments handling a new onslaught of employee concerns and issues, staffing changes, and remote work policies, email imposters have inserted themselves stealthily into their world. And, they have struck gold!
A lot has been made recently about the Twitter CEO telling his employees that they can work from home ‘forever’ if they see fit. This past Tuesday, the Twitter CEO sent out a much-talked-about email (funny he didn’t use his company’s namesake product for this). The email states, “if our employees are in a role and situation that enables them to work from home and they want to continue to do so forever [emphasis added], we will make that happen.”
Today the Labor Department released a report that showed over 20 million jobs were lost in April alone, boosting the unemployment rate to nearly 15%. These are levels perhaps never seen by any living American. Even as people start to venture out to beaches and parks that are opening up, most people are still remaining inside — spending more time in their home email (i.e. Gmail, Hotmail, Outlook.com, Outlook Online, and other mobile and browser email programs).
It was only a matter of time. Fresh off their latest exploits at trying to phish for sensitive financial account information, scammers have set their sights on people’s actual jobs. With jobless claims now topping 30 million and the unemployment rate headed for new highs, cyber criminals now have fertile ground for a brazen new scam.
If you have money, savvy phisherman and whalers will find you. With most of the world hunkered down working from home, normal processes are disrupted, so this is a target-rich environment for scammers. They are lurking. Beware!
It wasn’t too long ago when the term “acclimated” did not mean you were adjusted to high altitude at your favorite rocky mountain ski resort. In the mid-1800’s, it meant you had survived a bout of yellow fever (which had a 50% kill rate) and were now immune.
More banking clients self-install RSign using RPost’s E-Sign & E-Security (Free) Work-from-Home Readiness Program to quickly, freely and easily e-sign Payroll Protection Program and other Loan applications. Industry organizations across sectors have joined RPost’s coalition to make their small business clients aware of these e-sign and e-security tools and how to access them free with RPost’s crisis software donation program (see who has joined).