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AI scams Invading the World of Phishing

When it comes to phishing scams, you think you know what you are looking out for!

Are your business staff able to spot an AI scams? Our video gives more detail.

“When dealing with cyber frauds and phishing scams, you may believe you are aware of what to watch out for!” There have been considerable advancements in business owners (and employees, for that matter) being able to recognise a phishing scam and then take the appropriate action. 

But, while things have improved when it comes to knowing what may make you think that you are being faced with a phishing scam, the bad news is that the phishing scams have improved too. 

Rather than relying on humans writing them, AI bots are now being used to create these AI phishing scams. The even worse news is that these chatbots make the messages appear even more realistic and that a person has written them. It would be better if you were doing your best to avoid them. 

How is this happening? 

So, how is AI scams are being utilised for phishing? The main reason for this is that AI chatbots can now present an incredibly realistic persona of a person. This means they can be hard to spot against a fake, fraudulent chatbot focused only on phishing AI scams.
Chatbots have even been used during Zoom calls and other video conferencing platforms to con people out of money or to disclose information. Something that may come as a surprise for many of us.

What can businesses do?

It may seem that it is impossible to effectively beat phishing scams, especially when chatbots out there are capable of making you believe that they are human. However, there is good news for businesses; there are new ways to combat this approach being developed all the time, which means that we are only around the corner from being able to protect your business and stay as secure as possible.

Some of the best ways to protect yourself from phishing scams that utilise sophisticated chatbots include:

  •  Ensure that your employees understand the importance of security in the workplace. They should also understand the main dos and don’ts of cyber security and the best practice that will ensure that you are not at risk.
  • Use phishing simulations to show employees what a phishing scam may look like and how they can recognise them if they come across them. This will also help them to be able to understand just how sophisticated phishing scams are now.
  • Make sure that any suspected phishing scams that are received can quickly be reported, as this will encourage employees to do so if they come across them.
  • Encourage staff members to treat any emails they receive from someone they do not recognise as suspicious. Ensure that they understand that it is better to be sceptical but be protected than the business being put at risk.
  • Repeat to employees that they need to follow policies and best practices that you have set out as an employer. That way, they can be best protected, as can you as a business.
  • Invest in software designed to protect you as a business from phishing scams. This won’t be able to pick up all the possible occurrences, but it will help to at least pick up some of them.

It may seem strange to think that we live in a world where AI chatbots can trick humans into parting with money or information. However, this is the case and AI scams are something that business owners need to be aware of and ensure that they put the right tools and methods in place to ensure that the chance of their data being at risk is minimised.

AI scams Invading the World of Phishing
AI is making phishing scams more dangerous

Most of us can spot a phishing scam, right?

Spelling mistakes. Bad grammar. Sentences that sound like a robot’s written them.

Here’s the bad news.

Now a robot is writing them. And, ironically, it’s making them look even more human than before… which makes them even harder to spot.

It didn’t take long, but AI chatbots are already being used by cyber crooks who are determined to get you to fall for their scams.

Security tools to spot messages written by AI are in development. In the meantime, we all need to be super-vigilant.

Phishing emails are still the number one way you’ll be targeted in a cyber attack. So our advice is the same as always:

Double-check the sender’s address.

Don’t click links in a suspicious email.

If you’re not sure, assume it’s a scam.

And don’t forget, we’re on hand for help and advice.

That’s your tech update, more next week.

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