Scams evolve every day to try to “phish” information from you. Fake emails are sent out designed to steal personal financial information. If you know what they look like, though, you can easily avoid a swindle.
The latest phishing lure involves a fake email from Finra, the US securities industry regulator. According to Thinkadvisor.com, this is what it looks like:
“This new attack may use a Finra staff person’s name…and may look like it was sent from that staff member’s ‘finra.org’ email address,” FINRA states.
“It also may ask the recipient to click on a ‘View Request’ button; doing so generates an email addressed to the ‘@claims-finra.org’ domain. Recipients of this phishing attack should NOT click on the ‘View Request’ button and delete all emails originating from this domain name.”
Although this scam seems to be targeted to broker-dealers, it has a universal trait: It instills a little fear in the recipient so they will immediately reply and surrender personal or business financial information.
As with all phishing scams, the best thing is to take a deep breath and think before you click.