Email phishing scams are on the rise—and even more prevalent through the holiday season. One way to effectively combat these attacks is to recognize that suspicious emails start with suspicious subject lines. However, whether subject lines look suspicious depends on the awareness of the user.
Email Phishing Scams
Top-5 Suspicious Subject Lines
Through training, common phishing subject lines are more easily recognized. McAfee provides these top-5 suspicious email subject lines:
- Invitation to connect on LinkedIn
- Mail delivery failed: returning message to sender
- Dear <insert bank name here> Customer
- Comunicazione importante
- Undelivered Mail Returned to Sender
Training Is the Most Effective Tool
Training is the most effective way to enable your staff to catch red flag subject lines. Although the McAfee list highlights the most commonly employed subject lines, it’s crucial that people recognize that there are many variations and alternative subject lines that are successful lures.
To be sure your staff stays vigilant and aware, consider ongoing training. At Security Pursuit, we offer live training and eLearning courses to arm your company with the knowledge necessary to protect your data. “Social engineering prevention begins with training staff to identify the telltale signs of a social engineering attack.”
Bright Red Flag
Suspicious subject lines can be a bright red flag alerting your employees of a dangerous phishing scam. Give them the tools to recognize the attack before they delve deeper into the message and into hot water.