City of Fresno Loses $600,000.00 To Phishing Scam

Hackers pretending to be a construction company hired by the City of Fresno to build a new police department convinced two city accountants to transfer $600,000.00 to them. To prevent this from happening to you, contact M Cubed for more information.

If you would like to continue reading on how this happened to the City of Fresno, visit The Fresno Bee article here.

How to Avoid Phishing Scams

Pete James

Phishing scams are a persistent threat because they are profitable for cybercriminals. To protect yourself, follow these guidelines:

  1. Stay Informed: Keep up with new phishing techniques and conduct regular security awareness training.
  2. Think Before You Click: Avoid clicking on links in random emails; hover to verify links first.
  3. Use Anti-Phishing Toolbars: Install these in your browser for an extra layer of protection.
  4. Verify Site Security: Look for “https” and a lock icon before submitting sensitive information.
  5. Check Accounts Regularly: Monitor your online accounts and bank statements for suspicious activity.
  6. Update Your Browser: Install security patches promptly to close vulnerabilities.
  7. Use Firewalls: Employ both desktop and network firewalls to block intrusions.
  8. Beware of Pop-Ups: Block or close pop-ups, avoiding any action buttons within them.
  9. Protect Personal Information: Never share sensitive information through links in emails.
  10. Install Antivirus Software: Keep it updated to guard against the latest threats.

By following these steps, you can make sure you aren’t the one getting the company breached!

Phishing Awareness Training

MCubed will simulate phishing attacks on your end users and provide comprehensive reporting and training for those who take the bait.