Fraud attempts using personalised e-mails are on the increase. Senders seemingly known to recipients send out customised messages to certain individuals they target. Be prepared!
Unlike with classic phishing, where large quantities of e-mails are sent out randomly to a wide public, with spear phishing, recipients are specifically selected and receive e-mails tailored to them individually.
Senders take the guise of a trustworthy person here, often posing as an acquaintance, employee or business partner of the recipient. The e-mail contents look credible and authentic and are frequently not even recognised by spam filters.
You can find out how to protect yourself in our new article on the subject of spear phishing.