The top three phishing scams in Q2 2021 were:

  • Survey scams e.g. an Amazon shopper survey designed to collect personal information in exchange for unrealistic rewards
  • Technical support scams e.g. a Microsoft-themed scam capitalising on users’ fear of not being protected online
  • Supplement scams e.g. a scam offering amazing weight-loss results designed to get credit card details.

“Scammers are masters in exploiting human emotions to put you into a state of panic,” says Marcel Feller, principal security researcher at Norton Labs.

“When you’re in that state, you’re more likely to comply with anything the scammer wants.”

During the three months covered in the report, Norton blocked a total of 909 million threats, the company said. That included 56 million pieces of malware and over 85,000 ransomware attempts.

Working from home due to COVID-19 has had an impact on the format of the phishing attacks, but as the world opens up the types seen are…

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