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The most common email scams of 2021 — and how to spot them

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“There’s no rest for the wicked” is a phrase that scammers tend to live by, and 2021 was no different, with 79% of South African companies surveyed by Liquid Intelligent Technologies reporting an increase in cyber security threats in 2021.

This was attributed primarily to a shift to working from home in South Africa due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

The most common cybersecurity threats these businesses experienced were email attacks that included spam, phishing attempts, and social engineering attacks.

Email phishing attempts can take on several forms, from less-severe scams to sharing files containing malware that can take control of a user’s computer or an entire network.

Less-severe examples include scam emails that tell a story to try and elicit a response from the recipient to get them to provide the attacker with sensitive information — we’ve all received the classic email from a “foreign investor” promising to…

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