A trained eye can spot the signs of a scam

M&T Bank can help you and your staff learn how to detect phishing attacks.

Don’t get hooked by phishing fraud

Unfamiliar email addresses, typos, oddly worded subject lines and suspicious links or attachments are all common indicators of phishing attempts, whereby cybercriminals pose as someone trustworthy to coax sensitive information from unsuspecting victims. Because bots usually generate phishing emails, they often don’t perfectly mimic an actual human and can be detected by a trained reader.

A common phishing scenario includes what appears to be a business owner sending an email to the company’s bookkeeper with instructions to wire money to a specified account and to do so immediately. If, in this example, the bookkeeper inspects the email carefully, they might find common indicators of a phishing scam, including an incorrect “return-to” email address or typos or language that is not consistent with how the business owner usually communicates.

M&T can help you and your staff learn how to identify phishing emails.

Beware of unexpected emails or texts

Your staff needs to be trained to never click a link or open an attachment on a text or email that they weren’t expecting. Cybercriminals use text and email to fraudulently pose as legitimate businesses. By clicking on hyperlinks or opening attachments in a fraudulent message, you or your employees could unknowingly allow access to critical information.

Learn how to help your business thwart off fraud. Visit your local M&T branch or schedule an appointment.


Detecting Fraud in Small Business

Our resources can teach you and your staff how to detect fraud, build protections to mitigate fraud risk and much more. Learn more about detecting fraud in small businesses.

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