A phishing scam happens when a cybercriminal pretends to be  someone else to gain information. Commonly they do this by sending fake emails designed to look like they’re from a trusted source, such as the Chief Executive or Head of Accounts.

 

The aim is to make the victim feel a senseof fear, curiosity or urgency so they quickly open a dodgy attachment, or send important details like bank/credit card details, user names or passwords. They rely on the fact that most staff are eager to please their superiors and won’t question them, so they freely give out sensitive information they would normally hang on to.