Scam of the week: Voice Changing “Catphish”

In a recent phishing attack that targets single men, cybercriminals show us how they use modern technology to trick their victims. The scam starts with the cybercriminal posing as a single woman and befriending their target on social media. Then, they start building rapport with the target through various interactions. Eventually, the cybercriminal sends audio messages with a woman’s voice to convince their target that they are who they claim to be.

The target doesn’t know it, but the cybercriminal is actually using a voice changing software to disguise their true identity. If the target falls for the fake audio messages, they receive a video file of their newfound love interest. Except, the file is actually a dangerous piece of malware designed to grant the cybercriminals access to the victim’s entire system.

This tactic isn’t exclusive to romantic scams, so be sure to remember these tips:

  • Keep your social media accounts private and only accept friend requests from people that you know and trust.
  • If you meet someone online, be sure to verify their identity. You could use a search engine to find their other social media profiles or simply ask to have a video call to make a face-to-face connection.
  • Remember that cybercriminals can use more than just links within emails to phish for your information. Always think before you click!

There is no custom code to display.

Blogs

670 KBOI GUEST BLOG: Governor Brad Little

670 KBOI GUEST BLOG: Governor Brad Little

670 KBOI GUEST BLOG: Governor Brad Little     It’s more important than ever to tell teachers we value them By Governor Brad Little It is Teacher Appreciation Week across the country, and while one week is hardly enough time to show our teachers how much we value them, it is a good opportunity to…

Worthington BLOG: Boise State Football and the NFL Draft

Worthington BLOG: Boise State Football and the NFL Draft

Worthington BLOG: Boise State Football and the NFL Draft 4/29/21   The NFL Draft is what I consider the best non-sports sporting event of the year.  I wish I knew a better way to say it. Consider it like this, what other event gets sports fans fired up without ever seeing a team even take the…

670 KBOI GUEST BLOG: Governor Brad Little

670 KBOI GUEST BLOG: Governor Brad Little

  After a challenging year, Idaho education needs our support By Governor Brad Little The past 13 months have presented enormous challenges for students, parents, teachers, and school administrators. The sudden changes in work life, home life, and social life, along with new ways of learning and instructing, have firmly placed the COVID-19 pandemic as…

UPDATE Worthington BLOG:  The Governor Must Veto SB 1110

UPDATE Worthington BLOG: The Governor Must Veto SB 1110

UPDATE 4/19/21 Governor Little signed SB-1110 into law Saturday, increasing restrictions on Idaho citizen initiative rights.  CBS 2 News reports, with this move, Idaho now has the most restrictive initiative rules in the nation.     By Rick Worthington 4/9/2021   Governor Brad Little – please Veto SB 1110. Do not let the Idaho Legislature silence…