Phishing scams are getting so sophisticated that even the smartest people can fall for them. These so-called spear phishing traps demand a smart answer. Jack Healey has the perfect comeback.
First, let’s have a look at the email he received from one of these fraudsters.
Bear in mind, this came from a friend, as most spear phishing attempts do. So it looked almost real.
How are you doing? Hope all is well with you and family, I am sorry i didn’t inform you about my traveling to England for a Seminar.
I need a favor from you as I’ve misplaced my wallet on my way to the hotel where my money and other valuable things were kept i will like you to assist me with an urgent loan of $3,100 to sort-out my hotel bills and get myself back home.
I will appreciate whatever you can afford to help me with and i’ll refund the money back to you as soon as i return. Please kindly help me to send the money through Western union with my details below.
Kindly help me to make the transfer as soon as you receive this email and once you have it sent, send me the money transfer control number with details used in sending it.
Thanks so much.
Now, you know what to do when something like that, don’t you? Delete it.
But Healey decided to have a little fun. Here’s his outrageous reply:
Sorry to hear of your predicament, old chap. Fear not; help is on its way.
I have a friend in the fraud squad. He is on his way to your hotel. Let me know what room you are in he will be more than happy to help you.
His phone number is 999 — just ask for the fraud squad.
I think that sends the right message.
Spear phishing is no laughing matter. Thousands of people fall for this trick every day. The criminals perpetrating these acts are not to be played with, but if you decide to reply, you can be inspired by Healey’s witty comeback.
I sure was.
(Photo: JeanFrançois Chénier/Flickr Creative Commons)