Barbara Corcoran scammed for almost $400k

barbara from shark tank, phishing scam

You’ve heard of the scams

You’ve probably been called by a blocked number or been sent a sketchy email from someone in another country who can’t write out a full sentence.

But have you ever fell for an email phishing scam yourself? Sometimes they are hard to determine if they are real or fake. We’ve definitely had our fair share of look-alike emails and it is tempting to fall for them, believing that you can trust the source.

Shark Tank’s Barbara Corcoran was one of the unfortunate stories that we will remember when we open a weird email asking us to confirm our account credentials.

Corcoran’s bookkeeper saw an email that looked as if it was coming from Corcoran’s assistant, asking her to cut a check for almost $400,000.

“It was an invoice supposedly sent by my assistant to my bookkeeper approving the payment for a real estate renovation. There was no reason to be suspicious as I invest in a lot of real estate.” Stated Corcoran

Some may question how this can even be mistaken. If you have ever seen one of these emails, the scam email will look very similar to the actual email it is posing as. When busy people aren’t paying attention, it’s very easy to look over the details.⠀

With 89% of phishing attacks orchestrated by professional cyber crime organizations, it’s essential to stay ahead of the game, not just for IT professionals but for anyone working with email.

This is why we have partnered with Sophos, who has an awesome anti-phishing and anti-virus protection software as well as other protections from cyber threats, automated and active-adversary breaches, ransomware, malware, exploits, and data exfiltration.

Don’t fall for the bait. 30% of phishing email scams are actually opened