Phishing Attacks Using Employee Benefits and Pay Raises as Bait

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Phishing Attacks Using Employee Benefits and Pay Raises as Bait

In 2019 on November 7, the police warned the public about a new scam that has recently been brought to their attention which involves phishing attacks that use employee benefits and pay raises as bait.

The scammers know that annual pay raises and employee benefit enrollments often happen at the end of the year, or at the beginning of a new year. That’s why they take this time to send phishing emails related to these types of communication.

These scammers pose as your Human Resources (HR) department and send emails about things such as employee benefits surveys and salary increases. These emails typically contain dangerous attachments or malicious links that take you to a fake login page where your login information could be stolen.

If you receive emails about employee benefits or pay raises, do not click on links or open attachments.

Even if the email appears to be from someone in your Human Resources (HR) department, it’s best to play it safe.

Pick up the phone and contact your Human Resources (HR) team to confirm the email is valid, and send a copy of the email to your security team so they can send a warning message out to all employees within your organisation.

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