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Phishing scams targeting business owners

Phishing scams are a link sent out through an email, text message or social media platform. It...
Phishing scams are a link sent out through an email, text message or social media platform. It will appear to be legitimate and from a known source.(KOLN)
Published: Feb. 25, 2022 at 11:17 AM CST
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LINCOLN, Neb. (KOLN) - According to the Better Business Bureau, phishing scams are common but can usually be spotted. Phishing scams are a link sent out through an email, text message or social media platform. It will appear to be legitimate and from a known source. While some scams take extensive hacking to gain access to personal information, with a phishing scam just clicking a URL can result in a catastrophe.

“Phishing scams are a really easy way to not only hit consumers but business owners,” Josh Planos with the Better Business Bureau said, “The affects are incredibly damaging, just a single compromised account can lead to millions of dollars in lost revenue. The steps necessary to get your account back online is like falling down the wormhole.”

Phishing has become so common it’s actually the second most common scam type since the start of 2021.

One of the most important rules when it comes to hackers is if something seems fishy it probably is. If the URL doesn’t make sense, it’s best to not click on it. If your email has access, hover over the link to make sure it isn’t fraudulent.

One of the best ways to protect yourself from phishing scams, and hackers in general, is simply changing your passwords regularly and adding two-factor authentication. The BBB said that Facebook in particular can be an easy target towards businesses and fake confirmations.

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“It’s very easy to mock up an authentications type email for a consumer or for a business owner to say ‘hey we want you to improve your security.’ I would make a habit of going to your account settings on Facebook to stay aware of what steps you can take to create more encrypted communication,” Planos said. “Once those accounts go dark it’s not a guarantee they’ll ever come back to the light.”

If you do click on a questionable link, the BBB said the best thing to do is change passwords immediately. It only takes a matter of minutes before your entire system can be compromised.

If you do notice a phishing scam, report it to the Better Business Bureau. They’re in constant contact with local law enforcement, working towards shutting the scams down and preventing anyone else from becoming a victim.

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