Phishing or Fishing?

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April 22, 2019

IIBEC staff members are not in need of gift cards, they don’t require you to call them urgently to get them out of a fix, and—by the way—their e-mails no longer say “rci-online.”

IIBEC staff’s e-mail accounts have been under sneak attack recently by phishers seeking access to our newly-rebranded organization. The purpose of phishing is to collect sensitive information with the intention of using that information to gain access to otherwise protected data, networks, etc.

Responding directly to one of these e-mails via e-mail or phone can install a Trojan via malicious e-mail attachments or ads that can allow the intruder to exploit loopholes and obtain sensitive information.

Some of the recent e-mails look like this:


Have you got a minute? I need you to complete a task for me discreetly.

P.S: I am in a meeting now and can’t talk, so just reply.
Lionel van der Walt, Executive Vice President | Chief Executive Officer
International Institute of Building Enclosure Consultants (IIBEC)
1500 Sunday Drive, Ste. 204
Raleigh, NC 27607
(325) 229-0212

Sent from Lionel iPhone

Or this:

Good afternoon,

Lionel is requesting gift cards.  I would like your approval before moving forward with this important request.
I will await further instruction.
Best regards,
Tara S. Wilson
Executive Assistant to Chief Executive Officer RCI, Inc.

We don’t need gift cards, we are no longer RCI, and Lionel enjoys the other kind of fishing.

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