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Fast Company: “…According to the IT security company Check Point Software Technologies, 16,004 Zoom-related domains were registered between late April and today. Con artists are impersonating Microsoft Teams and Google Meet, too. “For people who are in this business of doing phishing schemes, it becomes the scam du jour. What’s popular now? How can I capitalize on something that’s in people’s minds, that they use?” explains Edgar Dworsky, founder of the consumer education website Consume World. “The timeliness and popularity is something they look for.” The videoconferencing platform, after all, has seen its number of daily meeting participants zoom upward to 350 million. Even successfully conning 1% of Zoomers would be lucrative…Getting a message from the videoconferencing platform makes sense when so much of socializing and business happens there every day. That’s the open door for phishing scams. Overall, phishing attacks have skyrocketed since the pandemic began. According to the Anti-Phishing Working Group, an international consortium of industry, government, and law enforcement, the number of phishing sites went from around 75,000 to an estimated 200,000 between March and September and unique email subjects jumped from less than 50,000 to about 125,000 in the same period. “They create a sense of urgency, because they know you have some upcoming meeting and need to fix this,” Dworsky says. “With any one of theses phishing scams, you have to look before you click. The relevance lends credence to fact that that’s legit.” To avoid falling for this Zoom phishing scam, the BBB advises the following…”

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