Be Aware of Possible Email "Phishing" Scams Following Recent Epsilon Data Breach.
A wave of alert Emails has been distributed over the last few days as Epsilon, one of the nation's largest marketing services, deals with what could end up being one of the largest data breaches in U.S. history. Customers of major banks, grocers, and hotel chains have been receiving notifications alerting them that their names and Email addresses may have been compromised.
Read Epsilon's Press Releases regarding this matter:
The good news for consumers is that there is no indication of any sensitive data, like Social Security Numbers (SSN) or bank account information, being stolen.
We want you to be aware of unsolicited Emails. Some common methods of attempting to obtain information include:
- Asking the recipient to call a number, at which point he or she is asked for personal information.
- Threatening the closure of an account unless the recipient responds within a certain period of time.
- "You've won a prize." Lottery scams are all too common and should be treated as phishing attempts.
Recipients may also receive Emails with embedded links. The phishing Email will ask the user to click on the link, which may appear legitimate at first glance. But hovering your mouse over the link may reveal a different destination, a clear sign that the link is not accurate. Another clever method uses "typo-squatting," or "cybersquatting." A user may be asked to click a link that looks legitimate, until a closer look reveals that the company name is misspelled. "Mircosoft" or "Micosoft" are common examples. Do not open attachments or follow Web links in unsolicited Emails from unknown parties or from parties with whom you do not normally communicate, or that appear to be known but are suspicious or otherwise unusual.