Don’t Get Scammed by a Spoofed Email

Hackers these days have many tricks to target your personal and business data.  One common method is through Email spoofing.  No one is immune to these attacks. 

Here at Livestock Marketing Association (LMA), we learned that some of our members were receiving an email from Membership Services team member Cathy Collett with a subject line that states: Invoice Problem or Payment Issues. Cathy’s email had been spoofed.  Email spoofing is the forgery of an email header so that the message appears to have originated from someone or somewhere other than the actual source. Email spoofing is a tactic used in phishing and spam campaigns because people are more likely to open an email when they think it has been sent by a legitimate source.

Many spoofed emails will contain a link appearing to be from a reputable sender, designed to get you to click the link which could introduce malicious content that could potentially harm or compromise the recipients computer. It is recommended that you approach all emails containing links with great caution.  When it comes to phishing emails, it is better to be safe than sorry. Deleting a questionable email is typically the safest option. If it is really important, the person or business will attempt to contact you by phone or U.S. mail.

If you don’t want to risk waiting, then contact them directly yourself. Just be sure to use verified contact information, not addresses or phone numbers contained in the suspicious email. As for any messages from LMA , we never send invoices by email and issues with payment are usually sent by mail. 

If you have any concerns about your own network security or about email spoofing we recommend contacting your Network or IT professional or feel free to call the Membership Services team at Livestock Marketing Association at 800/821-2048.