In this post, I’ll explain to that What is Angler Phishing and how can you protect yourself from Angler phishing. Nowadays, this type of attack is being viral among the hackers, to keep my visitors aware of this type of attacks, I researched much more about it like, what exactly it this, how it works and how can you protect your self from this types of attacks. So read this post till the end and you will be much more familiar to protect your self from these types of attacks.
What is Angler Phishing?
It’s a new type of Phishing attacks which targets the Social Media users. Although, this attack has emerged in 2015 and that’s why its one of the most dangerous attack. As we know that Social media users are growing day by day and due to the unawareness of that, attackers are targetting them to perform these types of attacks.
How Angler Phishing Works?
The working of this attack is very Simple. Suppose, I’m a State Bank of India (SBI) customer and I’m very upset with the service of State Bank of India(SBI). When I post any complaint against, SBI then attackers get a notification that someone has posted a complaint and as soon as they get notified. They Will contact you on behalf of Customer support of SBI and they will demand you for the sensitive Information like User id and Passwords.
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With the name of the bank or its Social Media account handle included in the post, scammers are ready to strike. Many of them even have automatic alerts activated so they can be informed when someone posts about a specific company. They will then reach out to the victim using an account like [Name of Bank] Customer Support Team, hoping you don’t realize that it’s not a real account. The demo of a customer posted a complaint on twitter something like this
How to Avoid Being a Victim of Angler Phishing
Social media posts are the best way to reach out to any company, but be cautious to ensure you’re protecting yourself from fraudsters online:
- Before you respond to anyone on social media when you request help online, check the account that’s responding to ensure they’re verified. On Twitter, look for a blue verified badge (checkmark) to ensure that its a verified account
- Read the description on the Twitter or Facebook account and look for it to say it’s the “official account of” or the “official support account of” a business.
- You can also always take your customer service issues directly to the company’s website or call center for a resolution rather than risk falling into an angler phishing trap.
- Never click on any suspicious links which you received in the Email. Never click on any suspicious links.