COVID-19 Is The Most Popular Email Subject In Fraud Test

Emails related to COVID-19 were the most popular in the second quarter in simulated phishing tests conducted by email security firm KnowBe4. 

Now adding up to 56%, the most popular email subjects include: 

  • Password Check Required Immediately 
  • Vacation Policy Update 
  • Branch/Corporate Reopening Schedule 
  • COVID-19 Awareness 
  • Coronavirus Stimulus Checks 
  • List of Rescheduled Meetings Due to COVID-19 
  • Confidential Information on COVID-19 
  • COVID-19 - Now airborne, Increased community transmission 
  • Fedex Tracking 
  • Your meeting attendees are waiting! 

"It's no surprise that phishers and scammers are using the avalanche of new information and events involving the global coronavirus pandemic as a way to successfully phish more victims," said Stu Sjouwerman, CEO, KnowBe4.

Meanwhile, brands that want to drive email opens and clicks might try these “in the wild” subject lines from actual emails: 

  • Password Check Required Immediately 
  • Vacation Policy Update 
  • Branch/Corporate Reopening Schedule 
  • COVID-19 Awareness 
  • Coronavirus Stimulus Checks 
  • List of Rescheduled Meetings Due to COVID-19 
  • Confidential Information on COVID-19 
  • COVID-19 - Now airborne, Increased community transmission 
  • Fedex Tracking 
  • Your meeting attendees are waiting! 

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