Scams to Avoid This Winter Holidays

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Winter holidays are here! That means it's time to use your devices and credit cards for holiday online shopping. During this period of fun and shopping, the criminals are preparing their own less-than-holiday tricks.

Let's look through some types of phishing attacks that users should be aware of when shopping online. Remember, there is still time to buy cybersecurity protection this holiday season.

1. COVID-19 Scam

The scheme of this scam is the following: you can receive a phone call or email saying that you have come into contact with a positive Covid case. Usually, you may be asked for your name and address.

However, if you are asked to provide financial details or make any payment, you can be sure that you are dealing with a scammer.

2. Fake websites

Despite that fact that this is not new kind of scam, scammers continue to create thousands of fake websites every year. They are pretty similar to real ones. The scammers just want your credit card details. We will tell you How to Avoid Malicious Websites in the next article.

3. Phishing emails

This kind of emails can trick inattentive and unsuspecting people into downloading and installing programs with malware or giving away their sensitive personal data. We have prepared an article where you can learn how to find out these emails.

4. IT support scams

This is a kind of scam that can make a lot of people pretty nervous as its main goal is to frighten you into giving control of your computer – and personal data – to a scammer. Usually, you are told that your PC has been infected and that they are going to help fix the problem by downloading a support application. You should neither download nor install it on your device!

5. The Amazon phone scam

You receive a phone call with recorded message from the Amazon fraud department about an expensive item that has just been ordered on your account. You hear that if you haven’t made transaction, press 1 to report a problem. You will then be put through to an agent who will ask for your bank details in order to make a refund – but in reality, they will use those details to empty your bank account.

6. eCard malware

eCards are gaining an increasing popularity in sending season’s greetings to friends and family. Scammers will send fake emails asking you to click the link to open your ecard and to download a malware installer.