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Scam Alert: Beware of Credit Card Chip Email Scams

Every week we are introduced to new threats, we cannot stress enough how important user awareness is in defense against these types of attacks. As soon as these threats are uncovered, another has already been created. These crimes advance with technology, and as we all know technology is advancing faster than ever. In phishing scams like this week’s, the attacker takes advantage of the most vulnerable aspect of any business computer network, the employees.

We cannot stress enough that in order for your network to be secure, all employees must be properly trained on safe internet and email use. The most important thing we suggest is to not respond to the suspicious email or open any links. If you are questioning the email, we suggest calling any phone number on the document to verify its authenticity. Even then, you must keep your guards up and not divulge any personal information until the validity of the sender is confirmed.

Recently credit cards have been updating their technology. Many companies are redesigning their cards to incorporate a security chip. Old credit cards traditionally transfer data with the magnetic strip on the back, recently this technology is being replaced with new EMV chip technology. This new chip adds a new layer of security to the credit card focusing on fraud detection.

This new chip is a great technology advance in security, but with the advance opens the door for phishing scams. The victim will receive an email that looks completely legitimate, containing up to date logs and all! The email will then ask the victim to verify a few pieces personal information and they will send the new updated card right away. Now the attacker has all the victims’ personal information along with their credit card number. You must keep in mind that your bank will never ask you to disclose personal information via email.

This is your classic phishing scam in order to steal someone’s identity. This can happen to one person, or the entire billing department of a company. This is why we constantly stress the importance of end user security awareness. Before you become the next victim, consult with ICS on ways to enhance end user awareness.

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