In stressful times like these, fraudsters take advantage of the chaos to steal our money and personal information.


Crooks are investing time to learn about their victims by reading posts on Facebook, LinkedIn, and Twitter. Then they send the victim a customized email with details about friends, family, and employers and links to dangerous websites that steal passwords or file attachments that take over the victim's computer. This is called “spear phishing.”


Here are six examples of spear-phishing emails, from the old “Nigerian Prince” scam to devious new ones now making the rounds.


Use the arrow button below the image to click from one example to the next.

Now take a minute to watch the video about ways to avoid becoming a spear-phishing victim. 

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Why do so many employees fall for spear phishing?


Take the four-question cybersecurity quiz and find out. 

Here are six examples of spear-phishing emails. Click on the thumbnail image to download and print this PDF.

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Here are three recent cyber breaches you should know about: 

EasyJet: The British airline announced a breach revealing the travel details and email addresses of 9 million customers. Credit card information was exposed for just over 2,200 of these individuals, who were notified of the incident in April.


Home Chef: Meal-kit provider Home Chef recently disclosed a data breach impacting 8 million customers. Exposed information includes names, email addresses, phone numbers, encrypted passwords, and the last four digits of credit card numbers. Delivery frequency and other account-specific information may have also been compromised – those details could help scammers craft convincing phishing emails.


MobiFriends: Personal details of more than 3 million users of the dating app were posted online earlier this year and are now available for download. Some of this information includes email addresses, mobile numbers, dates of birth, gender information, usernames, and app/website activity.

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