– Total loss in 2020: $216,513,728
– Total victims in 2020: 28,218
Spoofing occurs when a cybercriminal attempts to present themselves as another person, company, or entity, such as a trusted source like a bank, to gain access to personal information or commit other malicious acts. They can do this in a variety of ways from spoofing websites, phone numbers, and email addresses to spoofing Domain Name Servers (DNS), Address Resolution Protocol (ARP), or IP addresses.
To detect website spoofing, make sure the website uses the HTTPS encryption prefix and includes a padlock, and look for errors in spelling or broken links, or suspicious contact information. Email spoofing can also be detected by looking for errors or suspicious-looking attachments or links, which should not be clicked. Protecting yourself from this type of cybercrime means remaining aware, regularly changing passwords, calling and following up before submitting personal information online, and avoiding opening attachments or clicking on links that appear suspicious.