Beware the Long Con Phish

Social engineering and phishing happen when a con artist communicates a fraudulent message pretending to be a person or organization which a potential victim might trust in order to get the victim to reveal private information (e.g. a password or document) or perform another desired action (e.g. run a Trojan Horse malware program) that is against the victim’s or their organization’s best interest. Most are quick flights of fancy. One email, one rogue URL link, one phone call. The fraudster is counting on the victim’s immediate response as key to the success of the phishing campaign. The longer the potential victim takes to respond the less likely they are to fall for the criminal scheme.
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