More than 84 per cent of Canadians surveyed have been on the receiving end of phishing scams and 31 per cent of those took the bait, reveals a survey commissioned on behalf of Visa Canada. Few Canadians are aware of the types of scams, such as these below:
- 13% Clone phishing: An authentic email that was previously sent to the recipient is cloned and the attachment or link is replaced with a malicious version.
- 11% Spear phishing: Scams are directed at specific people or companies, often using personal information gathered about the target.
- 10% Vishing: The scammer phones, pretending to be someone the target knows.
- 7% Whaling: Whaling is directed at high-profile business owners or executives. ◊