Beware Holiday Shopping Scams | Cybercrime

7 Dec

Better Watch Out – Better Beware… of Holiday Cybercriminal Scams

The festive season is here again and it’s almost time to take a well-deserved  break. Unfortunately, cybercriminals never seem to take a day off – and that means we all need to be extra alert to holiday shopping scams in December and January.

Before you pack up for the holidays, it’s essential to make sure that your data security is as tight as possible.

Let’s take a look at some of the most common holiday scams you’ll encounter online and how to avoid them.

be careful what you phish for

Phishing scams have become so common that it almost seems like a cliché to fall victim to one – and yet so many of us still do.

Scammers take advantage of year- end sales and Christmas specials to send fraudulent emails to unsuspecting people and businesses at this time of year.

If you’ve received tons of promotional emails in the past few weeks, you can imagine how easy it might be for an unsuspecting victim to open one of these, love what they see in the cleverly produced images, and click on a link that leads to a dangerous URL.

  • There are options when it comes to avoiding this type of scam: either make sure that the emails you open really come from a well-known company or don’t open them at all.
  • You can just as easily browse your favourite e-commerce website and see what Christmas and New Year’s specials they have to offer.

did I really order that?

If you see an order confirmation or delivery email pop up in your inbox in the next few weeks, you’ll you want to check carefully and make sure that you haven’t been the victim of a scam.

This time of year is the season for packages and deliveries, especially now during the pandemic. That means that you are probably expecting to hear from various courier companies, especially as Christmas approaches. Scammers rely on this fact to fool their victims into opening fraudulent emails and the results could spoil your Christmas and New Year entirely.

To protect yourself, make sure that the email is from a legitimate address and contains your personal details as well as the order number you received when you purchased your goods.

When in doubt, it’s always a good idea to contact the courier directly by phone and confirm that the correspondence is legitimate.

avoiding the holiday shopping scams grinch

Make your online holiday shopping merry and bright rather than dark and dreary by sticking to a couple of basic rules:

  1. Keep a watch over your spending and spend – try to stick to using only one credit card online, in this way you’ll be able to see exactly what you’ve spent at a glance, and keep tabs on any unusual activity on your card.
  2. Make sure that the sites you use are encrypted and if you are shopping online in a public space – lock down your devices and online accounts before you start to shop. If you are really concerned about the public connection rather use the connection on your smartphone.
  3. Update your operating systems and use 2 factor authentication wherever possible.

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By taking the right precautions, you’ll increase your chances of a safe and stress-free festive season. For added peace of mind, our range of secure cloud storage options will help make sure that your business information is kept safe in 2022 and beyond.

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