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Be aware of online fraud

Wednesday 04 September 2019

Recent government research found that a third of businesses reported having cyber security breaches or attacks in the last 12 months. As the Propertymark industry supplier for insurance, Gallagher want to raise awareness of some of the most common types of online fraud, what to look out for, and to reduce the risk to your business.

Phishing

Fraudulent attempts to obtain sensitive information such as usernames, passwords and financial details, disguising themselves as a trustworthy source.

Spoofing

Forgery of an email header so the message appears to have originated from someone or somewhere other than the actual source.

Vishing

Form of telephone fraud using automated recordings to harvest sensitive information such as passwords/usernames or PIN numbers.

Hacking

Unauthorised access to, or manipulation of, an email account or email correspondence to conduct fraudulent activity.

Gallagher has seen a rise in this type of criminal activity and for everyone to look out for the following warning signs

  • Email contains poor grammar and spelling
  • Subtle difference in email address (sometimes just one character)
  • Sender’s email does not match the trusted organisation’s website address
  • Email sent from a completely different email address
  • Email requests you click on unusual links

To discuss cyber security in more detail, contact the dedicated Gallagher Propertymark team on 0800 288 4921 alternatively click here to find out more about the Gallagher Cyber Liability product.