With emotions running high, time running out to get that last needed gift, and a returned focus on family and what’s truly important, scammers are taking advantage at every turn.
Every year – and this year in particular as people are looking to the holiday season to bring back some resemblance of normalcy – cybercriminals find a myriad of ways to use holiday-themed scams and use social engineering to fool victims out of credit card information and even hard-earned money. And with COVID putting a damper on in-person shopping, the massive reliance on online shopping makes the bad guy’s job even easier.
Some of the common scams to be mindful of include:
There are many more – free gift cards, payment declines, look-alike websites, etc. What’s needed is to be mindful that not everything one reads, is sent via email, is received via text, etc. is real; a modicum of suspicion and scrutiny is needed, even while staying in the holiday spirit.
It’s the busiest time of year for everyone, especially cybercriminals. They know surges in online shopping, holiday travel, and time constraints can make it easier to catch users off their guard with relevant schemes. That’s why we put together this resource kit to help your users make smarter security decisions every day.
Here’s what you’ll get: