General Data Protection Regulation, will become enforceable and companies scramble to comply.
Generally, cybercriminals want the same thing a reputable company wants: your data. The intention is a completely different one though. Whereas companies want to advertise and track users when it comes to what they buy when, how, and why, the bad guys only want one thing: Access to your accounts and – if possible – to your credit card and banking information as well. And let’s be honest, there is no easier way to get those than to just hop on the surge of mails everyone is getting concerning the GDPR right now.
Especially Apple, PayPal, and AirBnB users need to be careful as there have been lots of phishing cases reported for the three companies, but in the end no one is safe when it comes to scam mails. If you see a mail like the one above make sure to delete it and do not click on any links.
Most of the time a scam mail can be identified rather fast thanks to some easy pointers. Are you addressed generically? Are you being rushed into taking some kind of action? Are they a lot of spelling mistakes? Those are all signs that should render you cautious since the authors of the mail were most likely cybercriminals and don’t want what’s best for you.
As long as the phishing mail is just sitting in your inbox nothing negative has happened – the issues only start once you click on the links in the mail. So make sure to think and investigate before you click.
Before you click on any link that’s presented to you in a mail, take a close look because you might find some pointers that indicate foul play. Does the link look like the real one but with a spelling mistake? That’s not a lapse at all: The closer the mail resembles the original, the more likely you are to miss the mistake and click on it.