Avoid These Holiday Scams


The holiday scam calendar is stuffed with malware packed emails targeted at online shoppers.–PC Pitstop

Avoid These Holiday Scams

By Stu Sjouwerman, for KnowBe4.com Security Awareness Training

We have Black Friday and Cyber Monday behind us. After losing ground to online competitors, brick-and-mortar retailers have struck back with incredible online deals. Wal-Mart said Thanksgiving was its second biggest day ever for online sales and Target’s online buying was up 40% over last year.

This is the time of year that people buy new smartphones, TVs and new game consoles because they are able to get killer deals and they are dying to get their hands on these new goodies.

What you may not know is that similar to a magazine’s editorial calendar, hackers have a “scam calendar” which focuses on events exactly like this. They have them planned and ready to roll starting TODAY for the rest of the month.

These malware campaigns do not discriminate between the home and the office, and use social engineering to trick users. A Billion of these criminal emails are sent each day. So, I strongly recommend you send this to your users today. Feel free to edit any way you like:

“Scammers are preying on people that have just made a lot of online purchases on Black Friday and Cyber Monday.

There are several scam campaigns being sent right now…here they are.

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