PayPal remains the top brand impersonated in phishing attacks in a row, with Facebook taking second place, and Microsoft coming in third, according to Vade Secure.
Emails, text, and phone calls are just the main forms of phishing attacks that every person gets daily. As phishing attack attempts get more and more common, people still fall susceptible to these attacks. Especially our younger generation who are starting to get their first bank card and use their debit and credit cards to make online purchase. I have seen firsthand that many are falling for these scams where they see their Netflix or Disney+ account have not received any payments, or a very common convincing one is “You have gone over your data limit on you phone plan. Click the link below to take you to your account before late charges apply”. These are the words that trick millions of people, especially if you aren’t paying too much attention to what you are clicking on.
Just some other top impersonated brands to look out for.
Microsoft, WhatsApp, Bank of America, CIBC, TD, Desjardins, Apple, Google, Instagram, Amazon, Dropbox…. The list goes on and on. Pretty much if you use or pay for anything that millions of other people use or pay for, just be prepared for a phishing attack against you.