Portfolio Marketing Manager
The Top 3 Trends in Phishing Right Now (Part 1)
What are the 2018 cybercrime trends? Well, there are a lot, from cryptocurrency – a new, emerging threat that I feel like we’ll be talking more about as the year goes on – to rising concerns over the Internet of Things attacks. Then there are the tried-and-true attacks: classic phish, smishing and vishing that are still very effective. For the purpose of this two part series, I will focus on three prevalent trends that are most egregiously targeting our branded customers. Most commonly detected trends in the first quarter of 2018: Part 1:• SSL certs used in phishing• BEC scams and... Read More
Portfolio Marketing Manager
Part 3: Email Compromise Scams are Still Prevalent — Prepare for Tax Season!
In this third and final part of my three-part series on the challenges we face to securely functioning online in 2018, I’ll look at the threat of Business Email Compromise (BEC) scams during tax season in the United States. For the past couple of years, I’ve written about how Business Email Compromise scams are associated with tax season which runs from January through April in the United States. As we head into the 2018 tax season it’s a good time to remind employees how to recognize these emails so as to not fall prey to these scams. For the last two... Read More
Portfolio Marketing Manager
Fraud Prevention Part 1 of 2: Trends in Social Engineering
In Part 1 of a 2-part blog on fraud prevention, Stefanie reviews  current trends in social engineering. Fraud today is often based on Social Engineering, or the psychological manipulating of people into performing actions or divulging confidential information. It’s a type of confidence trick for the purpose of information gathering, fraud, or system access. It differs from a traditional "con" in that it is often one of many steps in a more complex fraud scheme. There are three main categories of fraud: [1] Phishing is the ‘grandfather’ of all online scams. It has been around for over 15 years. Fraudsters are... Read More
Portfolio Marketing Manager
Tax Season Equals Fraud Season
The 2016 tax season started with a bang and hasn’t relented! In February the U.S. Internal Revenue Service (IRS) issued press releases indicating that, identity theft, phone and phishing scams are still at the top of their list of “dirty dozen” tax scams – and they’re growing. By the Numbers From January through March 2016 MarkMonitor detected an 82% increase in classic web-based phishing attacks targeting the IRS compared to the previous year.  Additionally the IRS is reporting a whopping 400% increase in email, phone, or text phishing, malware, and other email-based scams exploiting  tax season financial vulnerabilities. Constantly Evolving Scams... Read More
Portfolio Marketing Manager
Business Email Compromise Scams on the Rise
Business Email Compromise (BEC) scams are impersonation emails sent to selected recipients – often a CFO or assistant, that appear to be from a CEO – requesting an immediate wire transfer with attached account details. According to the FBI, thieves stole nearly $740 million in such scams from more than 7,000 victim companies in the U.S. between October 2013 and August 2015. Vistaprint, a web services company, has unwillingly become a conduit for increasing email scams by promoting a free one month trial of their Website Builder product. This is a great deal for the Vistaprint user: they can choose a... Read More


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Stefanie Ellis
Stefanie has over ten years’ experience in anti-fraud, brand protection and vendor relations, she has worked with a wi... More