Kingston Police warn of spoofed logos in phishing emails

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In yet another cybercrime warning, Kingston Police are sharing details of a recent scam in which cybercriminals use images like official logos and promotional materials in phishing emails in hopes of making the emails appear legitimate.

“In a recent scam, cybercriminals have been spoofing the United States airline carrier Delta Airlines to try to steal sensitive information,” police said. “The body of the email consists of one large image. The image includes Delta’s logo, a photograph of one of their planes, and an image of a gift card. The email has a message promising a gift card if you act fast and click the image. After clicking the image, you’ll be redirected to a malicious website with a login page. If you enter your login credentials, cybercriminals will have access to your sensitive information.”

In a media release, Kingston Police shared the following tips to help spot similar scams:

  • Before you click a link, always hover your mouse over it. Make sure that the link leads to a legitimate, safe website that corresponds with the content in the email.
  • If an offer sounds too good to be true, it probably is. Verify any offers of discounts or promotions by contacting the organization directly.
  • Remember that this type of attack isn’t exclusive to Delta Airlines. Cybercriminals could use this technique to exploit any airline in any country.

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