In an online world, scammers are using new tricks and forms of deception to get what they want from their victims. Although the tools may have changed, today’s scams are not much different from the old-school “pigeon drop” scam in which a victim is persuaded to give the scammer money with the promise of receiving a much larger sum. In this new scenario, cybersecurity training is essential to protect the private data of both individuals and professionals.
For the sixth year in a row, the European Commission and the European Union Agency for Network and Information Security (ENISA) are calling October "Mes Europeo de la Ciberseguridad" in order to promote cybersecurity across the EU. The goal is to raise awareness of cybersecurity, identify and change unsafe behavior and provide users resources to learn how to protect themselves online.
A number of different materials were prepared under this framework. Their simple advice will help protect personal, financial and professional data, preventing cybercriminals from accomplishing their goals. The campaign was created by Europol’s European Cybercrime Centre (EC3), the European Banking Federation (EBF), the Spanish Banking Association (AEB), the National Police, the Civil Guard and other public and private partners.
From October 17th - 23rd, the campaign will offer simple tools and tricks to avoid falling victim to scams such as:
- CEO scam: an email scam in which a cybercriminal pretends to be the boss of an employee who can make payments so that he or she “urgently” and “confidentially” transfers money.