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Most email clients have security filters that scan your incoming emails for keywords. When certain keywords accompany other suspicious elements, the email will be filtered into your Spam or Trash folder. But cybercriminals can bypass your email filter using one simple tool: synonyms. Bad guys are replacing commonly-filtered words with synonyms (words or phrases that mean the same thing). This simple swap gets their phishing email past your email filters and into your inbox.

In a recent phishing attack, the cybercriminals replaced the term “invoice” with the synonym “Remittance Advice.” Since the term “Remittance Advice” is not a common keyword, the phishing email passes your security filter and is delivered to your inbox. The email includes an image that looks like an attachment. If you click to download the…

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