Psychology of Scams Insight: Why We Fall For Phishing Emails — And How We Can Protect Ourselves

Author: Lauren Schenkman
Date: Jan 30, 2020
Audience: Scam Victims

Language: American English

Keywords: Phishing Scams, Social Engineering

Abstract:

New research on the psychology behind phishing reveals where some of our biases and weak points lie. By being aware of our mental tendencies and our vulnerabilities, we can help safeguard ourselves from ever falling for the bait, says cybersecurity expert Daniela Oliveira.

The term “phishing” was first used in 1996 to mean “a scam by which an internet user is duped into revealing personal or confidential information which the scammer can use illicitly.” Since then, phishing has exploded in volume and intensity. At least 3.4 billion phishing emails are sent out worldwide every day, and phishing scams account for half of all fraud attacks, according to Valimail’s Email Fraud Landscape for Spring 2019 report.

DISCLAIMER: The following article is intended for general audiences and is not a scientific examination of the subject

 

 

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