New findings show that the overwhelming majority of people have to sort through scam messages and texts.
According to McAfee’s Global Scam Message Study, more than 80% of Americans say it’s more difficult than ever to spot a text, email or social media message that’s a scam. The proliferation of such messages sent via email and SMS is giving the average person a real sense that even they could become a victim if they’re not careful.
According to the survey, the problem of email and text-based scams is rampant:
- 95% of Americans have receive fake messages or scams via email daily
- 40% of them receive five or more fake email messages each day
- 87% of have receive fake messages or scams via text each day
- 30% of them receive five or more fake text messages each day
- 75% of the people surveyed have receive fake messages or scams via social media every day as well
Now add back in that 80% of Americans who can’t tell the difference between a legitimate and a scam email. This has a lot to do with the massive uptick in the use of AI tools to generate content. With tools like FraudGPT making every aspect of a scam nearly completely automated, it’s incredibly easy for the newbie scammer to jump into the game and have a very real-looking arsenal of websites, emails, etc. to launch their very first scam.
In the corporate environment, organizations need to consider elevating their employee’s sense of cyber vigilance through new-school security awareness training to help them err on the side of caution. Even when they can’t tell if a message is a scam or not, helping to reduce the risk of a successful scam or possible cyber attack.
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