Beware the Barbie Phishing Scam

Last update

at

by:

by:

Share

Print Friendly, PDF & Email
Coming soon to an email inbox near you.

It seems nothing, nowhere and nobody is safe from scammers, the most recent ploy exploiting the popularity of the Barbie movie.

Cyber criminals are flooding email inboxes with phishing hooks and malware bugs that appear to be legitimate – offering a discount on movie tickets, for instance, or asking the user to test their Barbie IQ. Once the unsuspecting Barbie fan takes the bait, the crook has gained access to their system, and bad things will surely follow.

Researchers at the anti-virus firm McAfee identified at least 100 new malware instances over three weeks.

“The types of files varied but included typical types such as .html and .exe,” according to McAfee and KnowBe4. “As Barbie makes her debut on the big screen, scammers are aiming to cash in on the summer blockbuster. A rash of scams have cropped up online, including bogus downloads of the film that install malware, Barbie-related viruses, and fake videos that point people to free tickets—but lead to links that steal personal info with spyware instead. Cybercriminals are always on the lookout for opportunities to make phishing and other scams more attractive and believable. They often leverage popular and well-publicized events such as movie premieres, concerts, or sporting events to trick users into clicking on malicious links.”

Here are some tips from McAfee and the security awareness firm KnowBe4 to avoid falling for these scams:

  • Stick with trusted vendors. “Trusted retailers carry legitimate merchandise.”
  • Purchase tickets directly from the theater or a reputable source. “Another way scammers like to cash in on a hot ticket is to open a bogus online box office that charges for tickets. Of course, they won’t deliver.”
  • Watch for shoddy-looking sites. “Keep a sharp eye out for poor web design, typos, and grammatical errors, however small.”

SOURCE: Beware of the Barbie Scam: What You Need to Know After the Recent Movie Release (knowbe4.com)

Do you have a Law Firm Compensation Plan? Without one, you’re hampering the success of your practice. An effective and equitable pay structure will increase firm productivity, reduce turnover and boost office morale. It will help you recruit and retain the highest caliber of legal talent. And it will allow you to provide consistently excellent client service. Join us on September 27 for the CLE webinar, Creating an Attorney Compensation Plan That Will Build Firm Culture and Attract Top Talent, and learn how to design and develop a compensation plan that’s right for your practice – whether you’re building one from scratch or updating an existing plan. This free, one-hour CLE will be taught by two of the country’s top authorities on law firm economics, Brenda A. Barnes and Camille Stell, co-authors of the book RESPECT: An Insight to Attorney Compensation. Don’t miss this latest installment in Alta Pro’s highly popular, cutting-edge CLE webinar series. Register now!

Share

Print Friendly, PDF & Email

Related Posts on Altaprorpg.com!

Alta Pro Logo Icon

About the Editorial Staff

In an age of consolidation where increasingly impersonal transactions have made customer service an oxymoron, we bring together independent agents, insurance companies, and other industry specific service providers to develop and deliver insurance products and risk management solutions that benefit our insurance customers.

March 13, 2024 1:00 pm EST
1.0 Regular Credit
September 18, 2024 1:00 pm EST
1.0 Regular Credit

Join Our Newsletter

Occasional newsletters and CLE invites

Find Us on Social

Upcoming CLE Webinar: Ethical Uses of Generative AI in the Practice of Law

March 13, 2024 1:00 pm EST
CLE Credit: 1.0 Regular

Ryan Groff

Casetext

Archives

Need Help?

Visit our Frequently Asked Questions page. 

Or email us directly at info@altaprorpg.com

Or submit your issue in the comment form below and we will respond as soon as possible.